GlaxoSmithKline Slapped with Product Liability Lawsuit over Paxil

When Kathryn Kiker’s child was born with heart defects in 2001, she had no idea that Paxil, the antidepressant she was taking during her pregnancy, was likely contributing to her baby’s health problems. Paxil’s manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”) now faces a product liability lawsuit alleging fraud, citing that “At the time Paxil was prescribed to Ms. Kiker, GSK knew through pre-market studies and post-marketing studies and reports that Paxil was associated with a significant increased risk of cardiac birth defects in babies whose mothers ingested Paxil during pregnancy.” Kiker further alleges that GSK had not informed doctors of cardiac birth defect risks until 2005, four years after her child was born.

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