Family Sues Paxil Maker over Birth Defect

Family Sues Paxil Maker over Birth Defect

The family of a child born with a birth defect allegedly caused by the anti-depressant drug Paxil is suing the drug’s makers.

The child, Adrian Vasquez, has undergone three open-heart surgeries, and countless emergency room visits, and is only two and a half years old.

The mother, Matilda was taking the anti-depressant drug, Paxil, made by Glaxo Smith-Kline, when she became pregnant. She asked her doctor about it, but her doctor assured her it was okay for her to continue to take it.

But last year, Anthony Vasquez, Adrian’s father, saw something on television about Paxil, and how it was linked with heart problems in babies. He then did some research on the Internet and discovered a warning from the Food and Drug Administration about the drug.

It said that studies suggested women who took Paxil during the first three months of pregnancy were 1.5 to 2 times more likely to give birth to a baby with heart problems. The FDA ordered Glaxo Smith-Kline to change the label on Paxil to warn of the risk of birth defects associated with its use.

The Lawsuit

The lawsuit, filed in July 2006, also claimed that Glaxo Smith-Kline "promoted and maintained Paxil on the market with the knowledge of Paxil's unreasonable risk to the public in general and specifically to plaintiff."

It also claimed that Glaxo Smith-Kline acted negligently "by directly and indirectly advertising, marketing, and promoting Paxil for the treatment of women during pregnancy and by placing this drug in the stream of commerce knowing that Paxil would be prescribed to pregnant women in reliance upon the representations ... that Paxil was safe and effective for the treatment of women during pregnancy and without significant risk to the fetus."

“I just hope this lawsuit will just warn people and let them see what an innocent baby can go through, said Matilda Vasquez.

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