Paxil Lawsuits & Lawyers
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Paxil Lawsuit information:
July 2, 2012: GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s pharmaceutical giants, has been hit with a $3 billion fine by the government for fraudulent actions in its marketing and sales of some of its most popular and best-selling medications.
The U.S. Justice Department announced the fine and said that the company has agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal fines and $2 billion to fund civil liabilities in what officials described as the biggest such settlement in history. The charges involve such familiar drugs as Avandia, Paxil and Wellbutrin.
In addition to the government charges, GlaxoSmithKline is facing thousands of Avandia and Paxil lawsuits filed by patients who claim they are the victims of serious side effects from their use of the medications. The government said the company withheld from the public and health care professionals important safety data about the dangers of these drugs.
Now that the realties of long-term and short-term use of Paxil have come to light, Paxil lawsuits are being filed by lawyers on behalf of claimants. Paxil side effects such as birth defects, heart birth defects, and Paxil-induced deaths are frequenlty named in many lawsuits. However, most of those lawsuits are quietly dealt with, as plaintiffs and GlaxoSmithKline's corporate attorneys negotiate settlements, the results of which remain undisclosed.
Paxil and Birth Injury or Birth Defect
It is now the opinion of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists confirms the FDA's prior assertion that women that are pregnant or want to become pregnant should avoid taking Paxil due to birth injury or birth defects.
Paxil induced cardiac-related birth defects in babies born to Paxil using mothers and, most startlingly, the tendency (especially in young adults taking Paxil) toward suicidal thoughts and, in some unfortunate cases, actions.
In fact, two independent studies confirmed that women taking Paxil in their first trimesters had babies with heart defects a twice the normal rate. Other problems that may occur in new borns are:
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in the Newborn (PPHN)
- Child heart damage
- Newborn baby lung damage
- Heart valve damage
This syndrome is usually found in term or post-term infants. A babies chest radiograph may show normal (noted in infants with primary PPHN, i.e. PFC) or demonstrate different abnormalities compatible with aspiration, pneumonia, diaphragmatic hernia, or hyaline membrane disease.
There is no doubt that depression, whether subtle or major, is a terrible illness. It can and does change the way of life for both the depressed person and his or her loved ones, coworkers, and/or acquaintances. That's why those persons who have been diagnosed with the debilitating mental illness known as depression, have flocked to the drug called Paxil. For those afflicted persons, Paxil has seemed like a veritable godsend.
Regardless of how much the public can know about those paxil settlements and their locked-away proceedings files, it remains a fact that Paxil is possibly more harmful than originally advertised. And new research is being investigated into the possibility that Paxil can be habit-forming. Though GlaxoSmithKline declares Paxil isn't addictive, there is no doubt that ceasing it can cause strange sensations like dizziness or electric sensations throughout the body and brain. Thus, whether it is truly "addictive" is still debatable; regardless, its withdrawal symptoms are serious. Many experts agree there should be a Paxil warning on the packaging of the drug.
What is Paxil?
Generically sold as paroxetine, Paxil is a selective serotinin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and has been used since its release in 1992 to treat depression. Recently, Paxil has also found a following among physicians who use it to treat:
- Social anxiety disorder,
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
However, as with many drugs that have been on the marketplace for a number of years, evidence is beginning to surface about undisclosed Paxil side effects that may or may not have been known by its manufacturer (GlaxoSmithKline) before its release.
Scientific Data for PPHN:
Persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns is noted with a cardiopulmonary disorder illustrated by systemic arterial hypoxemia secondary to elevated pulmonary vascular resistance and the bypassing of pulmonary blood flow to the systemic circulation.
The syndrome has been variously described as:
- Persistent pulmonary vascular obstruction
- Pulmonary vasospasm
- Persistent transitional circulation
- Persistent fetal circulation
- Neonatal pulmonary ischemia
This disorder can be classified into three forms:
1. PPHN associated with pulmonary parenchymal disease,
known as secondary PPHN or appropriate PPHN
alveolar oxygen tension appears to be the major determinant of pulmonary artery vasoconstriction.
2. PPHN with radiographically normal lungs,
also called Persistent Fetal Circulation (PFC), or primary or inappropriate PPHN
3. PPHN with hypoplasia of the lungs,
many time in the form of diaphragmatic hernia
anatomic reduction in capillary numbers
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Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn