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Causality and collateral estoppel: process and content of recent SSRI litigation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14584540     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In Tobin v. SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming found that the medication Paxil "can cause some individuals to commit homicide and/or suicide," and that it was a legal cause of the deaths in this case. A motion was recently put before the United States District Court for the District of Utah to adopt the findings of the Tobin case--via the application of collateral estoppel--to a case involving an individual's suicide while prescribed Paxil. This article summarizes these two cases, as reflected in court documents, and comments on limitations of common causality assertions.
Paul D Whitehead
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Legal Cases    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1093-6793     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry Law     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-10-30     Completed Date:  2004-03-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9708963     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  377-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Forensic Acute Unit, Utah State Hospital, Provo, UT, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Depressive Disorder / drug therapy
Drug Industry / legislation & jurisprudence
Homicide / legislation & jurisprudence,  psychology
Liability, Legal*
Paroxetine / adverse effects*,  therapeutic use
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors / adverse effects*,  therapeutic use
Suicide / legislation & jurisprudence,  psychology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors; 61869-08-7/Paroxetine

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