The cases of depression and anxiety are increasing nowadays. In 2010, Steward Dolin committed suicide. He had been taking a special drug for anxiety and depression that was produced by GlaxoSmithKline. Paroxetine, the drug that Steward took could increase the risk of suicidal behavior. After the man killed himself, Wendy Dolin, his wife sued the pharmaceutical firm.
The woman mentioned that she finds the company guilty for not warning doctors about the risks of suicidal behavior. In this case, the jury decided to rule in favor of the widow. Despite the fact that the man was taking the generic form of the drug and not Paxil, the one made by GlaxoSmithKline, they were still considered guilty.
The widow, Wendy Dolin, mentioned that she didn’t sue the pharmaceutical firm for the money. She wanted to raise awareness, to show to the public that big companies can be defeated in a lawsuit. Wendy Dolin added that she is not anti-drug but some pharmaceutical companies should be more careful with their products.
Of course, GSK mentioned that they are disappointed with the verdict and that they want to appeal. The company stated that they did not market the drug that was ingested by Steward Dolin and they should not be held responsible. They also stated that their drug, Paxil, provides adequate and completed warning about the side effects.
The widow is also advocating for the safety of patients. She wants to raise awareness of akathisia. This condition is actually a state of anxiety that occurs when people take antipsychotic and antidepressants. The women started an organization in the memory of her husband. Medication-Induced Suicide Prevention and Education Foundation is the organization’s name and it plans to help people cope with suicidal behavior.
Wendy Dolin stated that she is happy with the result, that she was finally able to make justice for her husband and other hundreds of people who were in the same situation. If the pharmaceutical company is going to appeal, some things might change. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next in this case.
What is your opinion about this case? Do you think that the pharmaceutical company is responsible?
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