Hundreds of women have filed claims saying that taking Zoloft while pregnant led to their children being born with severe birth defects. These claims have precipitated a rising number of class action lawsuits against Pfizer Inc., one of the most well-known drug manufacturers worldwide. The class action lawsuit lawyer representing plaintiff Brooke Stengrund claims that her child's birth defects were so severe that he died because or them. Numerous other victims have said that Zoloft's current packaging warnings and pamphlets are still not divulging the full extent of the risks for women who are taking Zoloft while pregnant. Zoloft and the related drug Sertraline are manufactured by Pfizer for treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks and post traumatic stress disorder. They were both approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Stengrund's complaint states that she took the drug as it was prescribed to her by her physician back in 2002. When her child, was born on January 9, 2003, the extent of the side effects of Zoloft were not fully known. The normal two-year period does not apply to these class action claims. The statute of limitations has been adjusted for her case as well as most other Zoloft lawsuits. She joined the Zoloft multidistrict litigation (MDL) on April 23, 2014, more than 10 years after her child died due to his birth defects, which were allegedly caused by Zoloft. Stengrund said that her child suffered heart and circulatory system problems. He died within one month. His mother said that she would not have taken the drug if she had known what it could do to her baby. According to her drug lawsuit attorney, she is also accusing Pfizer and its JB Roerig & Co. division of understating the side effects and misleading the public into believing the drugs were safe for pregnant women. She also claimed that Pfizer knew of the drug's potential to cause birth defects before or at the time that the FDA approved its use. Stengrund and hundreds of other women who joined the Zoloft MDL are asking for compensation for loss of a loved one, suffering and attendant medical expenses. The class action suit will produce fair results more quickly than a trial, but MDL has a compensation cap that does not apply to individual lawsuits. Stengrund claimed that research conducted in 1996 suggested that Zoloft and other related drugs could cause birth defects. Her pharmaceutical lawsuit attorney said that she further asserts that Pfizer's warnings were incomplete and misrepresented the full extent of the jeopardy to which she was exposing her unborn child. Many claimants believe that Pfizer is still not being completely honest in their warnings about the drug's possible deadly side effects for unborn children. Preclinical studies on non-human mammals showed that Zoloft did cause birth defects. Even after this discovery, Pfizer did not notify physicians of the risk nor did it update its labeling. The MDL is suing Pfizer for negligence, defective design, wrongful death, fraud, misrepresentation, concealment and breach of warranties. Stengrund is asking for a jury trial, which she is entitled to, but usually MDLs settle prior to a trial. Diane Ocasio, a New Jersey woman also claims that Zoloft was responsible for numerous deformities in her child, which have led to a life of medical complications since his birth on May 21, 2008. The child has a club foot and underwent revision surgery when he was four months old. Diane Ocasio said that Pfizer's advertising led her and her physician to believe that pregnant women could safely take Zoloft. She was on Zoloft during her entire pregnancy, and she is unable to handle the tremendous medical bills for treating her son.