STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

Paxil Birth Defect Action Time-Barred, Fla. Federal Judge Rules

MIAMI — A Paxil birth defect action is time-barred under Florida law because the plaintiffs knew of a possible connection between their injuries and the drug more than four years ago, a federal magistrate judge has ruled.

On Aug. 12, Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Miami found the mother had notice of the possible invasion of her legal rights by Dec. 20, 1997, when her doctor noted in her medical records that her son’s condition was “apparently due” to Paxil.

Iolany Ferez sued GlaxoSmithKline individually and on behalf of her ...

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