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Interesting Fact About Paxil Birth Defect Lawsuits

— September 15, 2010

There have been quite a few lawsuits over birth defects in children whose mothers took Paxil during pregnancy.  The birth defects have been quite severe, including such rare heart problems as Tricuspid Valve Stenosis.

What’s interesting is that Paxil only came on the market in 1992.  That was exactly 18 years ago.  In most (if not all) states, if a minor is injured, his or her statute of limitations doesn’t start to run until the age of majority.  That means that all or almost all children who were injured because their mother took Paxil are eligible to file a lawsuit. 

That’s extremely rare for drugs that have been on the market for more than a few years.  Take Reglan, for example.  That drug has been on the market for decades, and because of that, there are tons of people who were injured by it who can’t sue because the typical two-year statute of limitation is blown.

I’m hearing rumors that many (if not most) of the original Paxil birth defect lawsuits have settled, and now Paxil lawyers are gearing up for another round of litigation.  At least there won’t be any statute of limitations problems.

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