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GSK loses first US trial on Paxil birth defect claims

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GlaxoSmithKline has been ordered to pay $2.5 million in damages to the family of three-year-old Lyam Kilker after a US jury ruled that the company negligently failed to sufficiently warn doctors and pregnant women that its antidepressant Paxil (paroxetine) could cause birth defects. The case has been watched closely, as it could shape future litigation against the firm for injuries allegedly caused by Paxil.

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