Neb. inmate loses appeal in lawsuit blaming Zoloft

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Posted: Dec 17, 2009 1:58 PM

A Nebraska inmate serving time for his girlfriend's murder likely won't be able to pursue his lawsuit against the makers of Zoloft.

Randall Robbins II filed his lawsuit against Pfizer Inc. and his former doctor in June, blaming the widely prescribed antidepressant for influencing his behavior.

Pfizer defends Zoloft as a safe and effective drug that has helped millions.

Robbins pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2002 strangulation of 17-year-old Brittany Eurek.

Robbins failed to persuade a Lancaster County judge last summer to appoint a lawyer for him or allow him to continue as his own lawyer.

The Nebraska Court of Appeals rejected Robbins' appeal earlier this month without issuing an opinion in the case.