First Paxil Birth Defect Suit Filed ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

First Paxil Birth Defect Suit Filed

A family is suing pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for failing to warn about the risks associated with antidepressant drug Paxil for pregnant women and their unborn children. Christopher Jackson and Lisa Boden of Denver, Colorado filed the suit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), claiming that Ms. Boden’s ingestion of Paxil throughout her pregnancy resulted in their son Eric being born with severe Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN). Attorney Karen Barth Menzies says, "Eric and his family have endured a terrible ordeal. Based on its history, we believe that GSK likely had knowledge or, at minimum, should have known of this very serious risk and warned expectant mothers taking Paxil of this risk. We will conduct a thorough investigation of what GSK knew, when, and we will do all we can to vindicate the delicate life of this precious boy." The lawsuit, filed in Pennsylvania State Court, is the first PPHN Paxil birth defect lawsuit filed against GSK.

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