Pediatric Cardiologist Testifies To Paxil-Heart Defect Link

Law360, Philadelphia (March 28, 2016, 6:45 PM EDT) -- A Rush University pediatric cardiologist testified in Pennsylvania state court Monday that exposure to GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s antidepressant drug Paxil while in utero was connected to a 12-year old boy's rare heart condition.

Expert witness Ra-id Abdulla said that a review of the medical records of plaintiff Braden Rader and those of his mother revealed that her Paxil use during pregnancy contributed to him being born with tetralogy of fallot, a combination of four heart defects.

Abdulla, the editor-in-chief of the Pediatric Cardiology Journal, told jurors that Rader's...
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