The history of Paxil dates back further than most people expect. The drug is derived from paroxetine, which was originally developed by a Danish company named Ferrosan. In the 1960’s Ferrosan began researching the Central Nervous System and whether enhancing serotonin levels could improve feelings of depression.
By the 1970’s Ferrosan had developed a paroxetine formula known as the "Buus-Lassen compound", which they claimed held antidepressant capabilities. They patented the compound in the United States in 1977 and later sold all rights and research surrounding the patent to SmithKline in 1980.
SmithKline began further development of paroxetine in its Harlow plant in England. After further revisions they patented a new paroxetine formula in the U.S. on October 23, 1986.
Years of clinical trials followed in under-developed countries, with results that industry insiders have called less-than-desired. Regardless, SmithKline was able to compile enough positive data to gain FDA approval of the compound under the brand name Paxil on December 29, 1992.
Paxil has been marketed by GlaxoSmithKline for the treatment of depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Experts have related the side effects of Paxil to serious heart-defect birth defects in infants of mothers taking the drug as well as suicidal, homicidal or otherwise violent behaviors in some users. Other users have experienced severe withdrawals when trying to stop taking the drug. Attorneys are available to answer any questions you may have about your Paxil usage or any side effects or injuries that may have resulted.
If you are taking or have taken 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.
Studies show that over 17 million people take Paxil each year. Since launching the drug in 1992, GlaxoSmithKline has taken in over $20 billion from sales in the United States alone. However, more than 5,000 people have filed lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline since 1992 as well due to serious side effects they allege were caused by the drug. As a result, GSK has spent more than $1 billion to resolve claims relating to Paxil.
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.