If you or your child was injured by the antidepressant Paxil (paroxetine), you are not alone. Hundreds of people have already filed Paxil lawsuits and reached settlements with the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The FDA has also warned that women who use Paxil during pregnancy are significantly more likely to have a baby with a birth defect.
In addition to birth defects, a 2015 study also linked Paxil and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to an increased risk of autism in babies born to women who take the drug while pregnant. Paxil use can lead to autism, someone’s death or a malformation of a newborn, prompting families affected by the drug’s side effects staked legal claims against Paxil and drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.
Doctors prescribe Paxil to balance chemicals in the brain to treat conditions that include depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder. If they had been properly warned about the risks to their babies, many women may not have been prescribed or taken the drug. When drug companies fail to properly test their drugs and warn about the risks, they may be held financially liable for the resulting injuries. Families of children who suffer these injuries must cope with related medical costs, ongoing care, lost wages and considerable pain and suffering. However, financial compensation may be available to them because the drug manufacturer failed to warn about the dangers.
It’s important to remember that all cases are different. The chances of obtaining an award and the amount of compensation will vary from case to case. But if your family has suffered because of Paxil injuries, help may be available. A prescription drug attorney can explain your rights and help you file a potential claim.