City women suing over ‘addiction’ to pills — (The Scotsman)

SSRI Ed note: Two women sue GSK over damaging withdrawal effects of Seroxat/Paxil/paroxetine. 500 other litigants make same claim.

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The Scotsman

Last Updated: 31 January 2008 10:36 AM

TWO Edinburgh women who claim they became addicted to an antidepressant are heading for a High Court battle with a pharmaceutical giant.

Barbara Hood, from Newhaven, and Josephine Isles, from Meadowbank, are claiming damages of up to £50,000 from GlaxoSmith-Kline UK. They claim they became ill after stopping taking the drug Seroxat, one of the world’s best selling antidepressants.

Ms Hood and Ms Isles are among around 500 people who have now embarked on a legal battle with the company.

Dr Sarah Jane Richards, a solicitor acting for the claimants, said: “Those 500 litigants contend that they have suffered discontinuation effects either when withdrawing from the drug, or they have been unable to withdraw.”

A spokesman for GlaxoSmithKline said: “We believe there is no merit in this litigation.”