Pharmaceutical

Paxil Maker Sued Over Child Born with Severe Birth Defects

The parents of a two-year old boy have filed a lawsuit against the maker of Paxil, alleging that the mother’s use of the antidepressant during pregnancy cause her son to be born with severe heart defects.

Anthony and Matilda Vasquez of Bedford, Texas, sued Philadelphia- based Glaxo-SmithKline on behalf of their son, Adrian.

The lawsuit, filed in Pennsylvania state court, is seeking unspecified damages for failing to warn pregnant women about the risks of taking Paxil.

During the last month of her pregnancy, Vasquez learned, while receiving an ultrasound to determine the sex of her baby, that there was something wrong with his heart.

Since then, Adrian has undergone three open-heart surgeries and now has a pacemaker.

The seriousness of these birth defects is such that, at the very first sign of danger, GSK should have issued a strong warning, said attorney Karen Barth Menzies, who is representing the family.

Adrian will need repeated heart surgeries as he continues to grow and may need artificial replacement valves, and perhaps eventually a heart transplant. His prognosis is unclear, she said.

Menzies added that with 40,000 pregnant women nationwide taking antidepressants, thousands of babies are at risk.

Source: Lawyers USA