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Jury Awards $3.02 Million in Paxil Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

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The family of Susan Antoinette Silva has been awarded over $3 million after filing a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging that Silva committed suicide by slashing herself with razors after taking the antidepressant Paxil.

Silva killed herself in 2006 after being prescribed Paxil by Dr. Isabel Lopez-Colberg, in 2004 for anxiety. At the time Lopez-Colberg was a doctor with Lovelace Health Systems.  According to the lawsuit, the doctor had prescribed a year’s worth of pills for Silva, yet never referred her to a specialist, or monitor her while on the medication.

Silva carved deep gashes in her legs, and was behaving erratically, including being described as “going psychotic for several months before her death” by a defense expert.

Though the lawsuit also named GlaxoSmithKline, manufacturer of Paxil, as a defendant in the lawsuit, alleging the company withheld safety information from clinical trials about Paxil before Silva’s death, District Judge William Sanchez dismissed the company before the trial  began.

The jury awarded $3.02 million to the estate of Silva, $100,000 to each of her parents, and $20,000 to each of her siblings, the Albuquerque Journal reported. disclaimer: This article: Jury Awards $3.02 Million in Paxil Medical Malpractice Lawsuit was posted on Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 7:50 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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