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GlaxoSmithKline told to pay family $2.5m after jury finds paroxetine caused son’s heart defects

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4266 (Published 15 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4266
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    A Philadelphia jury has found that the antidepressant paroxetine (marketed as Paxil in the United States and Seroxat in the United Kingdom) caused heart defects in a child, Lyam Kilker, whose mother Michelle David took the drug while pregnant. The jury has awarded the family $2.5m (£1.5m; €1.7m) in compensation.

    The trial was the first of about 600 US lawsuits that claim that paroxetine caused birth defects in infants born to mothers who took the drug while pregnant (BMJ …

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