Woman Sues GSK over Daughter’s Neural Tube Defect Caused by Paxil
Philadelphia, PA – A woman, who alleges that antidepressant drug Paxil caused her unborn baby to develop a serious neural tube defect that requires a major surgery, should sue GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Minnesota, a United States federal judge ordered.
Julie Guddeck, along with her daughter Kaylea, sued GSK Beecham Corporation (d/b/a GlaxoSmithKline LLC) in the Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia County (PA) on 30th September, 2011. Both Guddeck and Kaylea are Minnesota residents.
Guddeck argued that as Julie took Paxil – an antidepressant drug made and marketed by GSK – her daughter Kaylea was born with a neural tube defect, which needed a major surgery, in addition to continuous medical treatment. The Philadelphia-based pharmaceutical giant was sued for negligence, violation of expressed and implied warranties, and strict product liability. The suit was later removed to a United States District Court and there it was consolidated into Paxil Class Action lawsuits.
United States District Court Judge Hon. Harvey Bartle said the removal to Minnesota was appropriate as the claimants reside in that state. Bartle said the transfer is good for the plaintiffs because it would be less costly for them to have the case tried near their residence.
Paxil comes in the class of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor or SSRI – a class of antidepressant drugs. SSRIs can prevent human brain receptors from absorbing the serotonin which has been released already. Serotonin helps individuals maintain their feelings of well-being. Therefore, preventing the re-absorption of Serotonin lessens negative feelings. This is the way it helps treat depression. SSRIs generally take a few weeks to affect the users. They can cause a number of adverse effects as well. Nausea, sexual side effects, somnolence etc. are some common side effects of SSRIs such as Paxil. Some other side effects of Paxil are birth defects, injuries, and several other complications (such as miscarriage), especially when the drug is taken by pregnant women during their 1st trimester.
When pregnant woman takes Paxil, they may expect the following side effects: Miscarriage, Clubbed foot, , Withdrawal symptoms, Cleft lip, Delayed development, Gastroschisis, Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN), Enlarged heart, different types of heart defects, Macrocephaly (a strange condition in which the head of the child is unusually large), Craniosynostosis (a condition that causes the skull of the child to fuse prematurely), and Neural tube defects (an opening in the brain or spinal cord of the child caused by specialized nerve cells’ failure to fuse appropriately).