According to recent court records, the manufacturer of Paxil, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, has paid nearly $1 billion to settle a variety of lawsuits for injuries allegedly caused by the drug. Paxil has been on the market in the United States since 1993. It is used primarily to treat depression, anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During this period of time, thousands of patients have reported problems which they relate to use of the drug. These problems generally include: suicide, birth defects and addiction/withdrawal. In 2005, the FDA required the manufacturer to add a black-box warning to the package insert indicating that use of Paxil had been associated with an increased risk of suicidal thoughts by adolescents. A black box warning is the strongest label warning which can be placed on a prescription medication.
If you or a loved one has experienced significant problems after using Paxil, you may have a products liability claim against the manufacturer or a medical malpractice claim if the drug was improperly prescribed by a doctor. Call us for a free consultation.