Paxil Lawsuit

Paxil Lawsuit

Aug 25

Paxil is among the most effective and selective of all SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) on the market. It is prescribed to help ease the symptoms of major depression, panic and anxiety disorders, and a host of other mood and behavioral disorders. It helps boost moods by stabilizing the chemicals in the brain, maintaining the positive and optimistic equilibrium while easing the negative feelings of the patients. Despite the benefits of taking Paxil, many patients have reportedly suffered from severe side effects that have taken over their lives while they were on the medication.

The manufacturer of Paxil, GlaxoSmithKline, has regarded their antidepressant drug as better than other antidepressants in the market, boasting of lower chances of side effects. This, however, has been proven otherwise by many patients who have filed Paxil lawsuits. Many patients claim that they were not informed about the severe withdrawal problems, as GlaxoSmithKline promoted their product as non-habit forming. The manufacturers have also settled lawsuits for suicide and suicide attempts by patients using them. They have also settled claims of “being negligently failing to warn” a pregnant patient of the health risks to the infant which lead to the baby developing critical health defects.

There have been about 5,000 people in the United States that has filed lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline for misrepresenting Paxil and poorly educating doctors and patients about their side effects. Most of these lawsuits are because of the withdrawal issues, suicides, and birth defects that Paxil users have suffered from. Because of these rising lawsuits, GlaxoSmithKline has been fined for mislabeling, repackaging, withholding vital Paxil information, and unlawfully promoting the use of Paxil to children without FDA approval. The FDA has already required the manufacturers of Paxil to put a black-box warning (the highest and most serious warning placed on the labels of a prescription medication) to ensure that patients are informed about the adverse side effects and to understand the risks they will be up against.