Pharmaceutical

Parents sue Paxil maker for heart defects

Five more suits have been filed in Pennsylvania against the makers of the antidepressant Paxil on behalf of children who have developed severe heart problems.

Three of the families sued for wrongful death and two for personal injury.

The families contend that the mothers’ use of Paxil during pregnancy resulted in severe heart defects in their infants and have sued GlaxoSmithKline for failure to warn the public about the dangers of the drug for pregnant women.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently recommended that pregnant women not use Paxil, according to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Karen Barth Menzies of Los Angeles.

Two of the plaintiffs are from West Virginia, two from Ohio and one from Nebraska.

Source: Lawyers USA