Paxil Pediatric Settlement

Hoormann, et al. v. SmithKline Beecham Corp.

* * * The claiming period for this class action settlement has ended. * * *

 

If you ever purchased the antidepressant Paxil or Paxil CR for your child or ward, then you are entitled to recover the money you spent on the drug.

A class action lawsuit filed against SmithKline Beecham — the maker of Paxil — alleged that the drug company knew that Paxil was dangerous and ineffective when given to children under the age of 18. Although a settlement was reached in October 2006, that settlement was dramatically improved at a recent hearing. Under the terms of the revised settlement, if you ever purchased Paxil or Paxil CR for your child or ward, you are entitled to recover 100% of your documented out-of-pocket expenses. If you are unable to find documentation of your Paxil purchases, you can still recover up to $100.

 

You are a class member if:

  • you live in the U.S. and
  • you purchased Paxil or Paxil CR for someone under the age of 18

Class members MUST submit a claim in order to receive compensation. The claims must be received by August 31, 2007. Submit a claim to receive the benefits you deserve (pdf).

 

If you do not have receipts from the Paxil or Paxil CR purchases:

If you do have receipts from the Paxil or Paxil CR purchases:

  • You may receive up to the entire amount of money you spent purchasing Paxil or Paxil CR for someone under the age of 18. Submit a claim. Be sure to follow the claim form's instructions: attach copies of your receipts or records to document how much you spent on Paxil or Paxil CR.

 

More Information and to Listen

Under the original settlement, class members without receipts would receive up to $15. After Public Citizen got involved, that amount rose to $100.

For more information, visit the settlement website or call 1-866-494-8404 (toll free).

To learn more about the case that brought about this settlement, visit Hoormann v. SmithKline Beecham Corporation.

For the media or for anyone interested, Public Citizen created a public service announcement. Listen to the mp3 here.