A Phildelphia jury today awarded $2.5 million to the parents of a child born with heart defects as a result of his mother’s use of the antidepressant drug, Paxil. The verdict was rendered today against the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline. In 2005, the FDA issued warnings to medical providers that Paxil may cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. The parents asked for compensatory and punitive damages. The punitive damages were rejected by the jury. The award represents the cost of the child’s past and future health care needs and pain and suffering damages of an uncertain amount. The child has already undergone four heart surgeries and is expected to require one more. For more information on the lawsuit, see the New York Times.
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