Paxil is a drug patented by the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline for the treatment of depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). It is sold in the United States under the brand name Paxil and in Europe under the name Seroxat.
On June 29, 2007, GlaxoSmithKline’s patent on Paxil expired and the FDA began approving generic versions of the drug, called peroxetine. Since then, GSK’s market share for peroxetine and antidepressant drugs has fallen substantially.
Generic Paxil, or peroxetine, is available from several drug manufacturers including Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, Apotex, Alphapharm, Teva pharmaceuticals, Mylan, Zydus pharmaceuticals, Caraco, Aurobindo Pharma and Cygnus Specialities.
The generic version of Paxil, peroxetine, has been related to the same severe side effects as the brand name drug, including heart-defect birth defects in infants of mothers taking the drug as well as suicidal, homicidal or otherwise violent behaviors in some users. The
Over 5,000 people have filed lawsuits against the maker of Paxil for damages related to its serious side effects. Lawsuits are also available to those taking the generic version of the drug.
If you are taking or have taken a generic version of Paxil in the past and believe the drug has caused side effects such as birth defects, suicidal or violent behavior, or severe withdrawals, contact us today to discuss your legal rights. Time is limited to file a lawsuit.
GlaxoSmithKline has paid nearly $1 billion to resolve lawsuits over the side effects that may have been caused by Paxil. These include cases filed for the suicide, attempted suicide or addiction of someone taking the drug, and heart defects in infants of parents who have taken the drug in the past.
According to Bloomberg, Glaxo has paid an average of $1.2 million per case for birth defects, $2 million for suicide cases, $300,000 for attempted suicide cases and $50,000 for lawsuits involving dependency or addiction.
If you or someone you love has been affected by a serious side effect of Paxil, Contact us today to speak with an attorney. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions, discuss your legal options and whether you may have a case for your damages.