Paxil Maker GlaxoSmithKline Ordered To Pay 2.5 Million To Family of Affected Child

A Philadelphia court found Tuesday that GlaxoSmithKline failed to warn both doctors and pregnant women of the side affects associated with Paxil. A 2.5 million dollar settlement was handed down to the family of a child who was born with a heart defect in association with his mother taking the drug while pregnant.

Over a two day period the jury deliberated and found the company guilty of negligence, but not of outrageous conduct. This verdict is the first of about 600 lawsuits that have been filed around the country. GlaxoSmithKline does not agree with the decision and plans to appeal.

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    • Paxil is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). It works by restoring the balance of serotonin,a natural substance in the brain, which helps to improve certain mood problems. Paxil is used to treat depression or seasonal depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-tramautic stress disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.