January 25, 2018 / 2:51 AM / in 5 months

GSK: Trial judge should have dismissed generic-Paxil suicide lawsuit

GlaxoSmithKline says a federal judge in Chicago never should have allowed a jury to consider a widow’s claim that the London-based drugmaker was to blame for the death of her husband, an attorney who committed suicide after taking a generic version of the antidepressant Paxil.

In a brief filed Monday, GSK asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the jury’s April 2017 $3 million award to Wendy Dolin, saying it cannot be liable for her husband’s death because he never took Paxil. Stewart Dolin, 57, a partner at Reed Smith LLP in Chicago, jumped in front of an oncoming commuter train in 2010 after taking paroxetine hydrochloride, a generic equivalent of Paxil manufactured by Mylan Labs.

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