The Paxil lawsuit has been in the news lately as the manufacturer of Paxil, GlaxoSmithKline, faced numerous charges related to the popular antidepressant medication.
These include improper manufacturing plant control procedures and product liability due to birth defects in newborns born to mothers who took Paxil.
In 2002, the Food and Drug Administration cited the company's manufacturing plant in Cidra, Puerto Rico for poor quality control.
Specifically, some Paxil tablets manufactured at the facility lacked active necessary ingredients and others lacked a controlled-release factor.
This resulted in inappropriate doses of the medication being taken by the public.
In addition, in 2005 the Cidra facility was raided by US Marshalls and Glaxo was accused of ignoring public health standards for drug manufacturing. The Cidra plant was ultimately closed.
In terms of Paxil product liability, the lawsuits alleged that Glaxo failed to disclose critical information regarding the use of Paxil in patients under the age of 18. They failed to disclose proper warnings regarding an increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviors in young patients taking the medication.
Further, Glaxo settled approximately 190 lawsuits in June 2010 regarding birth defects in newborns born to mother's who took Paxil during pregnancy.
These lawsuits charged Glaxo with failing to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of birth defects to pregnant women taking Paxil.
Specifically, taking Paxil during pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of various heart defects and a serious, life-threatening condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).
In sum, the pharmaceutical giant estimates to pay approximately $2.4 billion in the second quarter of 2010 alone, all related to the company's former factory in Puerto Rico and antitrust and product liability lawsuits concerning Paxil.
On July 15th, 2010, the New York Times reported that Glaxo reached an agreement in principle with the US attorney's Office and United States Department of Justice to pay $750 million to settle an investigation into the company's manufacturing plant in Cidra, Puerto Rico. The rest of the $2.4 billion, presumably, includes the lawsuit settlements related to birth defects.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by Paxil, see this guide regarding how to find a Paxil attorney who provide updated information regarding the lawsuit.