June 8, 2001 - Wyoming Jury Awards $6.4 Million in Killings Tied to Drug
The family of Donald Schell, 60, who was prescribed an anti-depressant drug Paxil, (similar to Prozac and Zoloft), by his physician and who killed his wife, daughter, granddaughter, and himself after taking two pills, was awarded $6.4 million in damages by a Wyoming jury. The eight jurors determined that GlaxoSmithKline, the producer of Paxil, had breached its duty to warn doctors and patients of some possible serious side-effects that include violent behavior and agitation.
This high monetary award came as a surprise to Charles F. Preuss, who defended the manufacturer. Mr. Preuss said that "This issue was raised in the early 90's, and since that time all the scientific articles have concluded that these antidepressants do not cause suicide or homicide or suicidal thoughts." This was the first case won by plaintiff against an antidepressants manufacturer like GlaxoSmithKline. However, the experts agreed that generally Paxil works well for most patients and causes agitation and violence only in some patients.
Though it is medical practice in some Europeran countries to put warning labels on Prozac and Paxil, the United States experts had concluded that these drugs do not lead to violence and do not have to include warnings on the labels.
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