Lawyers and Settlements
March 19, 2010
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the pharmaceutical giant responsible for medications like Advair, Geritol and Zantac, has seen an increased number of lawsuits related to SSRI birth defects stemming from its popular antidepressant, Paxil.
Paxil, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), has resulted in three separate kinds of lawsuits since its introduction to the market in 1992: cases citing the medication’s addictive nature, those citing the suicidal tendencies it can provoke and those that cite the frequency of birth defects in expectant mothers taking the medication.
SSRI medications have been linked to serious lung and heart defects in newborns, including persistent pulmonary hypertension, a disorder of the respiratory system that severely restricts the arteries causing the blood pressure in the pulmonary artery of the heart to rise to dangerous levels.