STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

Pa. Appellate Court Upholds Award of Summary Judgment to Pfizer in Zoloft Birth Defect Case

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania intermediate court has upheld an award of summary judgment to Pfizer Inc. in a Zoloft birth defect action, finding the testimony of the plaintiffs’ causation expert was properly excluded because his methodology was not generally accepted in the scientific community.

On May 8, the Pennsylvania Superior Court agreed with the trial court that Dr. Robert Cabrera’s expert report contained several methodological flaws.

In their June 15, 2012, amended complaint filed in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, Robert and Katherine Porter alleged that due to Katherine’s ingestion of Zoloft while pregnant, their son Robet T. ...

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