Paxil was initially manufactured and supplied by GlaxoSmithKline in 1992. Paxil is an anti-depressant used to treat mild to severe cases of depression. It belongs to the SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) drug group, which means it possesses the ability to balance the body’s serotonin levels. It is sold to the public as an alleged way to improve mood problems. Paxil has been prescribed to treat depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even obsessive-compulsive disorders.
14 years after Paxil was first pushed to the public, the FDA warned GlaxoSmithKline that its antidepressant was being linked with birth defect risks in expectant mothers consuming the drug. A 2005 study conducted by the FDA revealed that pregnant females taking Paxil more than doubled their odds of the development of Paxil birth defects in the heart of a child, or defects in the heart of the expectant mother.
GlaxoSmithKline has since been charged with thousands of Paxil lawsuits, class action lawsuits, and charges due to the dangerous side effects of the Paxil drug. If you or your child has suffered defects from taking Paxil during pregnancy, it is vital that you contact a Paxil lawyer to discuss your legal rights.
Quick action is essential in Paxil birth defect cases, as the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit could be running out. A Paxil lawyer is standing by to discuss your case today. Call 855-522-2337 to speak to a Top 100 Trial Lawyer.
Dangerous Paxil Side Effects
The majority of individuals who file lawsuits against Paxil are parents of children whose birth defects were directly caused by the drug. One of the most serious side effects of Paxil is the dangerous risk and occurrence of newborn death from the primary hypertension the drug generates in the mother. Similarly, heart defects and other heart malformations stem from taking Paxil during the first trimester of pregnancy. Other side effects include:
- Primary pulmonary Hypertension
- Wrongful death by development of coronary artery disease
- Severe, life-threatening allergic reactions
- Bizarre, erratic behavior and suicidal behavior
- Chest tightness and tenderness
According to a study performed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, one in every 25 babies born to mothers taking Paxil had a significant birth defect. Among these birth defects, half of them were life threatening heart problems. The study also found that women who consumed Paxil as opposed to other antidepressants during the first trimester of their pregnancy were significantly more likely to have a child with a birth defect, or to develop a heart issue themselves.
If you or your child has experienced any of the symptoms outlined above, immediately contact a Paxil attorney at 855-55-BAD-DRUG to discuss your potential case.
Why Should I File a Paxil Lawsuit?
Only a parent or immediate family member of a child born with birth defects can understand the pain and trauma incurred. Unfortunately, there is no dollar amount that Paxil could ever pay out to fully compensate its loyal customers, or victims, for the lifetime of grief the drug has caused them and their child. However, a child with a birth defect will often require extensive long-term medical treatment and have numerous special needs. It is not fair for GlaxoSmithKline to make billions of profit from the sale of Paxil while you shoulder the burden of a birth defect.
If your or a loved one has taken the antidepressant Paxil during pregnancy and has suffered child birth complications, or had a child with birth defects, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the drug manufacturer—GlaxoSmithKline. Thousands of lawsuits have already been settled by mothers of children who have fallen prey to the tragic, life-altering side effects of Paxil. These lawsuits have thus far been extremely successful in recovering compensation for Paxil victims, as GlaxoSmithKline has been found to have failed to adequately warn patients about the increased risks of congenital defects linked to Paxil use during pregnancy.
Paxil Lawsuits for Birth Defects
Paxil has been accused of fraudulently misrepresenting research showing the significant dangers of Paxil use in pregnant women and in young people. When a corporation places profits ahead of human lives, lawsuits should be filed to stop the behavior and correct the harms and losses caused.
To date, it is estimated that GlaxoSmithKline has paid out over one billion dollars for the settlement of thousands of Paxil birth defect and Paxil injury claims. Families of children with heart defects stemming from their mothers consumption of Paxil during her first trimester of pregnancy have been rewarded amounts exceeding $1.5 million each.
For example, in October of 2009, GlaxoSmithKline was forced to pay $2.5 million to the family of a three-year old boy born with heart defects. The pharmaceutical company was charged with the negligent failure to properly warn doctors and patients of the side effects of the drug.
What Sets Our Paxil Lawyers Apart?
Our St. Louis based Paxil lawyers are currently evaluating cases across the entire United States. Hiring a Paxil birth defects lawyer costs you absolutely nothing. If our lawyers find you have a valid Paxil case, we take it on a percentage contingency basis. So, if you do not win your Paxil lawsuit, we do not get paid or take a fee.
For his aggressive and compassionate legal representation, Christopher Dixon is recognized as Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association, as well as listed among their Top 40 under 40. Chris is also a Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for his ongoing efforts on behalf of injury victims.
To contact a St. Louis Paxil lawyer, call 855-552-2337. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a FREE case evaluation and consultation. Let us help you even the playing field between your injuries and complications, and the large pharmaceutical corporations evasive tactics.