Paxil Certification Upheld


On December 3, 2012 a Paxil class action was certified on behalf of Meah Bartram and her mother, Faith Gibson, for infants who suffered birth defects as a result of the drug Paxil. Paxil is a drug used for the treatment of various conditions in adults, including Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Paxil has been associated with an increased risk of adverse cardiovascular complications for newborns when taken by women during pregnancy. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants, GlaxoSmithKline Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline UK Limited, failed to disclose this serious side effect to patients and their physicians. The certification decision was appealed by the defendants. In a decision released on October 25, 2013, the BC Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal and upheld Justice Smith’s decision certifying this class action. Read the Court of Appeal decision.

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