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Paxil Plaintiff Doesn’t Have to Disclose Medical Records

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A Vancouver judge ruled that the mother of a girl born with a heart defect who is suing the maker of the antidepressant Paxil does not have to disclose her medical records before a class-action certification. Faith Gibson filed the lawsuit three years ago in B.C. Supreme Court against GlaxoSmithKline, claiming the drug company failed to provide adequate information regarding the risks of birth defects for women taking Paxil during pregnancy.

Gibson’s daughter Meah was born six years ago with a hole in her heart, which required surgery and seven months in hospital, according to the lawsuit.

Three months after Meah was born, the FDA issued a warning for an elevated risk of cardiovascular birth defects for children of women taking Paxil during pregnancy.

The lawsuit charges that the drug maker knew as early as June 2003 that there was a significant risk of serious adverse cardiovascular complication for newborns whose mothers had taken Paxil during pregnancy, but failed to reveal the information to the public.

The lawsuit also claims GlaxoSMithKline, failed to apprise Gibson or her physicians of the inherent dangers, and failed to issue a timely recall of the drug. The lawsuit calls the drug company’s actions “callous and arrogant,” which are worthy of aggravated damages for the future care of the child, who has not yet fully recovered.

Gibson’s lawyer said the ruling could be significant for thousands of women considering joining the pending class action, the only one brought forward by pregnant mothers against the makers of Paxil in Canada. disclaimer: This article: Paxil Plaintiff Doesn’t Have to Disclose Medical Records was posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 at 4:15 pm at and is filed under Uncategorized.

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