Paxil & Other SSRIs

What is Paxil?

Paxil is a widely prescribed class of anti-depressant known as a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat mood disorders and other mental issues. The drug has been widely successful for many patients but a review of current Paxil lawsuits shows that many women who were taking the medication for their depression were unaware of potential side effects if taken during pregnancy. These lawsuits claim that GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of the drug, failed to take the proper measures to warn patients and government regulators about these dangers. It is interesting to note that GlaxoSmithKline eventually was directed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to provide stronger warnings of the dangers of using the drugs on its labels.

Paxil Lawsuit // Ford & Associates

The FDA and Paxil

As early as 2005 health care professionals were warned by the FDA and the drug manufacturer. These warnings were based on medical research studies confirming the link between Paxil and the risk of birth defects, which was reported as twice as high as other antidepressants. According to the FDA, “Health care professionals are advised to carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits of using [Paxil] in women during pregnancy and to discuss these findings as well as treatment alternatives with their patients.”

Birth Defects Associated with Paxil Use During Pregnancy

Birth defects claimed in past Paxil lawsuits include:

  • Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF – a combination of 4 heart defects)
  • Limb deformities
  • Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
  • Genital defects
  • Hydrocephalus (build-up of fluid in the skull)
  • Club Foot
  • Cranial defects
  • Omphalocele (internal organs forming outside the body)
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN)
  • Atrial Septal Defect (hole in heart)
  • Ventral Septal Defect (hole in heart)

Paxil and Other SSRI Lawsuits

Thousands of women have been prescribe Paxil and other SSRIs while pregnant, and were unaware of the potential for serious risks.

In one lawsuit, for instance, a family was awarded $2.5 million in a case in which a boy was found to have suffered from Paxil birth defects, including two holes in his heart. These conditions necessitated huge medical costs and left the boy with an uncertain future.

GlaxoSmithKline is a huge pharmaceutical company with substantial legal resources. Our legal team is well-versed in laws affecting defective drugs, and has aggressively and successfully pursued these cases in both state and federal courts. Please contact our office as soon as possible for a free consultation about the legal merits of your Paxil case.

Paxil use during pregnancy may carry a birth defect risk 2X as high as other antidepressants. // Ford & Associates

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