Kiker, Smithkline Beecham, Paxil & Birth Defects

paxil, zoloft, topamax, paxil lawsuit, zoloft lawsuit, paxil lawyer, zoloft lawyer, topamax lawsuit, topamax lawyer, birth defect, birth injury, paxil, zoloft, prescription drug injury, pphnKiker, Smithkline Beecham, Paxil & Birth Defects: A recent case in the United States District Court, E.D. Pennsylvania recently ruled on a motion to remand.

Kiker, Smithkline Beecham, Paxil & Birth Defects case documents what many paxil prescription drug users may be experiencing today – potential birth defects in their child from the use of paxil (e.g., for depression) during pregnancy. The court ruled in favor of the Plaintiffs in the case.

To find out more on the case, see Case No. 14-1445 – October 1, 2014.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • Defendant is a Delaware limited liability corporation that manufactured, distributed, and marketed the prescription medication Paxil, which has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for use in the treatment of depression, among other conditions.
  • Plaintiffs Kathryn Kiker and C.S. are residents of Columbus, Ohio.
  • Mrs. Kiker took Paxil as prescribed by her treating physician while she was pregnant with C.S. in Hilliard, Ohio.
  • On March 14, 2001, Mrs. Kiker gave birth to C.S., who, since birth, has suffered from conditions known as infant respiratory distress syndrome and ventricular septal defect.



Since September 2005, scientific evidence has revealed that SSRI antidepressants, such as Paxil, Zoloft (sertraline), Prozac (fluoxetine), and Lexapro (escitalopram), may cause birth defects in children whose mothers took these or other SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy. The same has been shown for SNRI (serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants like Effexor (venlafaxine).

Studies have linked the use of SSRI/SSRIs like Paxil and Zoloft during pregnancy with an increased risk of birth defects like heart congenital defects (cardiac birth defects in babies, risk birth injury defects) – heart valve defects, atrial (ASD) and ventricular septal defects (VSD) (holes in the walls of the chambers of the heart) – in newborns when Paxil or Zoloft is taken during the pregnancy (possibly the first first three months of pregnancy) and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), a life-threatening respiratory condition that affects a baby’s ability to breathe after birth.

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