Paxil Caused Birth Defects, Lawsuit Claims

Law360 (December 4, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Just a month after GlaxoSmithKline PLC agreed to pay $63.8 million to settle claims in a class action lawsuit over its antidepressant drug Paxil, the U.K. drug maker is facing another slew of lawsuits over birth defects allegedly caused by the drug.

Baum Hedlund, a Los Angeles-based law firm specializing in pharmaceutical product liability claims, filed five lawsuits in Pennsylvania state court Monday alleging that use of the drug by pregnant women led to heart defects in their children.

Baum Hedlund said the cases involve parents of five children born with severe or fatal heart defects, allegedly caused by the mother's...

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