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Suit Alleges Paxil Caused Birth Defects

Suit Alleges Paxil Caused Birth Defects

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An Ohio woman recently filed a product liability suit claiming the antidepressant drug, Paxil, which she took during pregnancy, caused her child to be born with infant respiratory distress syndrome and a ventricular septal defect. Specifically, the suit names drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline ("GSK"). The drug, first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1992 for treatment of depression in adults, is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. The lawsuit, however, alleges that the drug has not received FDA approval for use by pregnant women. The lawsuit alleges, "at the time Paxil was prescribed to Mrs. Kiker, GSK knew through pre-market studies and post-marketing studies and reports that Paxil was associated with a significant increased risk of cardiac birth defects in babies whose mothers ingested Paxil during pregnancy. Notwithstanding this knowledge, GSK aggressively and actively promoted Paxil for use with pregnant women." Furthermore, the improper marketing of Paxil provided misleading information regarding the safety and efficacy of the drug to not only patients, but also prescribing doctors and the medical community at large. The woman who brought the suit gave birth in 2001. However, only after third party research was released in 2005 revealing the correlation between Paxil and cardiac birth defects, did GSK begin to inform doctors of the risks associated with the drug. The suit alleges that before the plaintiff's pregnancy, GSK had the "knowledge, the means and the duty to provide the medical community and the consuming public with a stronger warning regarding the association between Paxil and birth defects through all means necessary including but not limited to labeling, continuing education, symposiums, posters, sales calls to doctors, advertisements and promotional materials, etc. GSK breached this duty."

Drug safety is at the forefront to our minds when it comes to treating medical conditions. The experienced Missouri product liability attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will fight for you if it is discovered that you have taken an unsafe medicine and have suffered serious side effects. Contact our knowledgeable family of attorneys at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you have suffered from a loss due to the negligence of a manufacturer of consumer products such as a medicine that is later found to be unsafe.

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