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Maker of Paxil Faces Lawsuits for Serious Birth Defects

The Becker Law Firm, LPA

Treating depression is a very serious concern for many Ohio residents. Finding an effective treatment for depression can be a difficult process, and there are additional complexities for pregnant women who struggle with this. Many antidepressants may risk the unborn baby’s health; but, treating depression is also important both for the mother and the baby.

The drug Paxil is a popular prescription antidepressant, but in 2005 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned against taking this drug while pregnant after it was linked to serious birth defects including heart conditions. The maker of Paxil has reportedly settled hundreds of related birth defect lawsuits and many more claims are working their way through the courts.

In one case, a mother has sued the Pennsylvania-based company GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Paxil, claiming that the drug caused her unborn daughter to develop a neural tube defect. This condition required major surgery and ongoing medical treatment.

The woman has filed claims against the company for strict negligence, negligence, and breach of warranty in this case.

In order for women to make informed decisions regarding their own health and preventable birth defects, they should be properly warned of the dangerous side effects of various medications. Those who took Paxil during pregnancy, and whose babies experienced birth defects as a possible result, may be wise to seek legal counsel regarding their options to seek compensation for related medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Additionally, those who are currently taking Paxil and are either pregnant or trying to become pregnant should consult their physicians.

Source: Courthouse News Service, “Paxil Birth Defect Suit Booted to Minnesota,” Rose Bouboushian, Aug. 19, 2013

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