Pa. Judge Explains Bench Toss Of Paxil Birth Defect Suit

By Suevon Lee (February 7, 2017, 10:32 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania state judge on Tuesday issued a written opinion elaborating on his bench ruling from last year dismissing a cardiac birth defect suit against GlaxoSmithKline PLC relating to the antidepressant Paxil, asserting his ruling "was an unfortunate, but absolute, necessity" due to an omitted witness question.

The written decision by Judge Kenneth Powell in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas comes as the plaintiffs in the suit are appealing the trial judge's grant of nonsuit to GSK to the state Superior Court based on an alleged 11 points of error embedded in the ruling.

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