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Babies’ birth defects - Women Sue GSK over Paxil

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Dec 11 2009 at 2:28 PM
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GALVESTON – Three women have filed lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) claiming that the company’s anti-depressant medication Paroxetine (traded under brand name Paxil) caused birth defects in their children.

The lawsuits were filed on December 7 in Galveston County District Court. Jennifer Mays of Ohio, Kristie Corbett of South Carolina and Desiree Higley claim that they took Paxil when they were pregnant and, as a result, gave birth to children with heart problems.

Paxil has been approved by the FDA in 1992 for treatment of depression in adults.

Between April 2002 and July 2005, the women delivered babies with multiple injuries as a result of using the drug while they were pregnant, according to the lawsuits.

The plaintiffs argue that the injuries suffered by their babies were direct results of their ingestion of Paxil during their pregnancies in manners and dosages suggested and prescribed by their physicians.

According to the lawsuits, GSK negligently manufactured and marketed Paxil, failed to properly warn its users and doctors regarding the risks associated with the drug, and violated implied and expressed warranties.

The suits state that GSK knew or should have known if women take Paxil during pregnancy, they will potentially deliver children with birth defects such as heart problems.

“GSK knew or should have known that Paxil posed an increased risk of congenital defects, including cardiovascular defects,” The lawsuits say.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages for pain and suffering, mental and emotional anguish, and losses of society and consortium.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia.

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