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Is Manufacturer of Paxil Involved in Libel Lawsuit?

Written by Ankin Law Office

Paxil is a prescription drug that regulates the body’s serotonin levels to help promote a healthy and stable mood. Paxil is typically used to treat depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and premenstrual dysphonic disorder.

Paxil has been associated with an increase in suicidal thoughts and behavior, especially among children and teens. It has also been known to be addictive, which can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms. Paxil has also been shown to cause birth defects when taken by pregnant women.

Accordingly, in 2007, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that manufacturers of all antidepressants, including Paxil and Prozac, update the existing black box warning on the drug’s label to include warnings about the increased risks of suicidal thoughts and tendencies in young adults ages 18 to 24 during the first one to two months of treatment. In the past several years, GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Paxil, has settled several lawsuits in connection with Paxil.

Libel is an intentional tort that is committed when a person commits written defamation against another party by making a known false statement about the plaintiff to a third party without the permission of the plaintiff. In order for a valid libel lawsuit to be pursued, a false statement must have been made about the plaintiff, which seems unlikely in the case of Paxil since the dangerous side effects have been medically substantiated.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects from antidepressants such as Paxil or Prozac, contact the Chicago unsafe pharmaceutical drug lawyers at Ankin Law Offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your antidepressant product liability lawsuit.