GLAXO ORDERED TO PAY OUT ANOTHER MULTIMILLION DOLLAR VERDICT IN ATTORNEY’S SUICIDE

  • Definitely great news to be getting on the 18th anniversary of Columbine!!!

I cannot believe how incredibly stupid this drug company is!!!! If they were not made foolish enough in the Tobin vs Glaxo case by their own expert testifying under oath that according to his decades of research on serotonin that the two pills of their deadly antidepressant Paxil taken by a mild mannered elderly grandfather Donald Schell should have been expected to cause him to shoot his wife, visiting daughter and infant granddaughter and himself….Yet they were stupid enough to take the case of a suicide by a prominent attorney to court instead of settling the case with a gag order in place to keep this from the public as they have done for decades?!!

They must all be on these antidepressant drugs shown in 1993 research to turn brain cells into corkscrew shapes!!!!! There clearly are not a lot of smarts in that company!

Or maybe they think they have produced enough corkscrew shaped brain cells in the general public with these drugs that no one will notice this verdict….

Generic Paxil Garners Guilty Verdict For GSK

Whatever this is great news for victims because apparently this attorney took the generic version of Paxil, Paroxetine, which has been able to avoid wrongful death suits because it is a generic form of a drug that has been ruled “safe and effective” by the FDA. It did not work this time! Glaxo who put out the original Paxil and Brisdelle (Paxil with a name change given for Menopause) has now been found liable for this suicide!! I love it! Karma has found them and they have reaped what they sowed for putting these deadly drugs on the market.

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GSK Hit With $3M Verdict For Reed Smith Atty’s Suicide
By Jessica Corso

Law360, Chicago (April 20, 2017, 4:20 PM EDT) — An Illinois federal jury on Thursday found GlaxoSmithKline liable for the death of Reed Smith LLP partner Stewart Dolin and ordered the pharmaceutical giant to pay $3 million to the attorney’s widow, reaching the conclusion that a generic version of GSK’s Paxil caused Dolin to take his own life.

A nine-person jury agreed with Wendy Dolin that her husband had committed suicide in 2010 under the influence of generic paroxetine, an antidepressant sold as brand-named Paxil. (AP) Following five weeks of trial testimony, the nine-person jury agreed…

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: https://www.law360.com/productliability/articles/912864/breaking-gsk-hit-with-3m-verdict-for-reed-smith-atty-s-suicide?nl_pk=c1c2604e-b651-48ad-8061-e111b387ca43&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=productliability

Attorney Stu Dolan’s suicide was horrific. It was yet another suicide by train which in my research I have RARELY found any of these extremely violent suicides which did not include the use of an antidepressant. Read here about this extremely high profile and very successful attorney to know that a $3Million verdict did not even begin to compensate for this man’s life!!!

http://abovethelaw.com/2010/07/reed-smith-partner-commits-suicide-in-chicago/?show=comments#comments

Original Articles on Stu Dolan suicide:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-07-18/features/ct-met-dolin-obit-0718-20100718_1_mr-dolin-cta-train-corporate-lawyer

http://abovethelaw.com/2010/07/reed-smith-partner-commits-suicide-in-chicago/

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-07-18/features/ct-met-dolin-obit-0718-20100718_1_mr-dolin-cta-train-corporate-lawyer

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Paxil-Induced Murder Suicide Inspired Jennifer Anniston’s Movie “Cake”

Tim Tobin family

Tim, Deb and Alyssa Tobin

Well I don’t normally watch movies but will go watch this one since I worked on the Tobin vs Glaxo case for three plus years. Almost three of those years were spent waiting on the high profile attorney Jerry Spence to see if he would handle the case until he concluded he did not know enough about antidepressants to do the case justice. At that point Andy Vickery, who has been the lead attorney handling so many of these cases for many years, was brought in on the case. In the end the jury ruled that the two Paxil pills taken by Donald Schell before the tragedy was the main cause of Tim Tobin’s father-in-law, Donald Schell, killing his wife, daughter and infant grand-daughter before killing himself.

I actually learned about this case while testifying in the case of a woman in Western Wyoming who had shot her husband while he slept. She too was on Paxil and had no recall of what had happened but knew she must have been the one to shoot her husband as she had what she described as “a smoking gun” in her hand. So this women, described by all as the “nicest woman in town,” walked over to the Sheriff’s office and turned herself in.

Phil - Brynn Hartman

Comedian Phil Hartman and his wife, Brynn

 

The following morning after driving back from Wyoming the night before I woke up to the reports of the murder suicide of comedian Phil Hartman and his wife Brynn. I was shocked that the case was identical to both of these Wyoming cases from the day before. The following evening I spoke with Brynn Hartman’s family and told them why I suspected the drugs and not to stop looking until they found one of these antidepressants. Because of what I had heard about the case I felt strongly antidepressants were behind it. I was not about to have the Hartman’s children go through life without either of their parents and no answers as to why their mother had done this.

All of these cases were much too similar. Although in the Hartman case the antidepressants involved were Zoloft and Tramadol, instead of Paxil. The Hartman children’s wrongful death case did not go to court as this one did but was settled by Pfizer the manufacturer of Zoloft.

Antidepressant-Induced REM Sleep Disorder (RBD)

Although I agree that pain killers are a very serious problem I am disappointed that the drug involved in the Tobin tragedy was not addressed in this movie instead – the antidepressant Paxil. Antidepressants produce a sleep disorder called REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) where the patient has no paralysis during sleep and can act out the nightmares they are having. It has long been known to include both murder and suicide. Latest figures show that 86% of those being diagnosed with this deadly sleep disorder are taking an antidepressant. Even more frightening is that RBD has long been known as a drug withdrawal state so we could expect even more cases if the patient or their doctor does not know enough to understand that patients should wean extremely slowly off these medications to avoid the withdrawal.

Cake the Movie

Here is an introduction to the movie and background: EXCLUSIVE: The true story behind Jennifer Aniston’s Cake – how movie’s scriptwriter was inspired by the brutal murder of his brother’s wife, baby daughter and mother-in-law

Cake has been acclaimed for Aniston’s portrayal of suicidal mom hooked on prescription drugs in aftermath of car crash that killed her child

Daily Mail Online can reveal movie was written by Patrick Tobin after his brother’s young family was slaughtered by a relative

Deb Tobin and her nine-month-old daughter Alyssa were shot dead by her father, along with her mom Rita Schell, by Don Schell, her father

Tim Tobin, Patrick’s brother, found the horrific scene at father-in-law’s home in Gillette, Wyoming on Valentine’s Day, 1998

Schell was taking anti-depressant Paxil and Tim Tobin sued maker, winning $6.4m compensation after it was named ‘proximate cause’ of killings

Patrick Tobin then quit Hollywood to look after his suicidal brother and eventually wrote Cake as a result of experience

Jennifer Aniston’s career-defining performance in hit movie Cake has earned her a flurry of plaudits and award nominations.

The Friends star gives a gritty portrayal of suicidal mom Claire Bennett who is hooked on prescription drugs while struggling to live with debilitating injuries she endured in a car crash that killed her child.

When it was missed from the Oscars shortlist, many critics said it was a miss and should have been included.

But few watching the heart-wrenching Hollywood film will be aware that the screen drama is in fact inspired by a tragic and brutal real life story.

Daily Mail Online has learned that screenwriter Patrick Tobin penned the powerful movie following a devastating family tragedy that saw four of his brother’s family slaughtered.

Read more of the original article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2962358/The-true-story-Jennifer-Aniston-s-Cake-movie-s-scriptwriter-inspired-brutal-murder-brother-s-wife-baby-daughter-mother-law.html#ixzz3ePwrAHek

And you can find an excellent blog by Paxil-survivor Bobby Fiddaman along with the court documents in the Tobin vs Glaxo case here: http://fiddaman.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/the-seroxatpaxil-cake.html

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

drugawareness.org & ssristories.NET
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships in the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan. For only a $30 membership for one month you can even get 30 days of access to the withdrawal CD with tips on rebuilding after the meds, all six of my DVDs, hundreds of radio interviews, lectures, TV interviews I have done over the years PLUS access to my book on antidepressants (500 plus pages) with more information than you will find anywhere else (that is only $5 more than the book alone would cost) at www.drugawareness.org. (Definitely the best option to save outrageous postage charges for those out of the country!)

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PROZAC: Police Release Findings in Sparks NV School Shooting

Jose Reyes

12 Year Old Jose Reyes,

Sparks Middle School Shooter – 3 Days on Prozac

Thanks to our Washington Director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness for bringing this information to us. If you will watch the video posted below, Why I Took a Gun to School, you will meet Jay and his son and see why this is such a big issue for Jay.

The Sparks Nevada student, Jose Reyes, was only 12 when he shot and killed a teacher, Michael Landsberry, who was attempting to stop the shooting, and wounded two other students before killing himself. He had been placed on generic Prozac only three days earlier and wrote two suicide notes.

Think that is not enough of one of these drugs to cause a murder/suicide? Then you need to read the transcripts of the Tobin vs Glaxo case in Cheyenne, WY where Donald Schell took only two pills of the antidepressant Paxil before rising early the morning after the second pill to shoot his wife, visiting daughter and baby granddaughter, before shooting himself. After hearing all the evidence with the majority of it coming from Glaxo’s expert witness, Dr. John Mann, the jury ruled that the two pills of Paxil were the main cause of this tragedy and awarded $6.4 Million to the family for that.

I encourage you to listen to the only school shooter who has survived to tell his story before a camera. See the second link below to watch his video “Why I Took a Gun to School” from the Gary Null movie The Drugging of Our Children.

Original article: http://www.policeone.com/active-shooter/articles/7187751-Police-release-findings-in-Nev-school-shooting-rampage/

Why I Took a Gun to School: http://www.drugawareness.org/recentcasesblog/why-i-took-a-gun-to-school-1

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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9/11-Paxil Birth Defect Case-One Year Anniversary of the Death of Baby Indiana

Why would it even be going to court? Glaxo is so stupid! They let the Donald Schell murder/suicide case go to court and look what it got them. Now they are going to do this????

Who is handling this one? Hope the attorneys are using Dr. Pal Paucher whose work has demonstrated this for a very long time.

-Ann

[NOTE: This is being sent to you directly as well as being posted on our “BREAKING NEWS” section of our new website. We are posting new cases there as they come in as well..]

We just had the anniversary of 9/11. And today is the anniversary of the death of baby Indiana. And this week we will have the first Paxil Birth Defect case hit the courts.

So what do all of these have in common? PLENTY!!

Baby Indiana lost her life a year ago today due to the fact that her mother took Effexor during her pregnancy and her parents were not warned of the potentially fatal dangers involved. (Please go to one of the sites below to lend support to her family in their battle to raise awareness and also to see what happened to baby Indy.)

All antidepressants increase serotonin levels. The main function of serotonin is constriction of smooth muscle tissue – the lungs and broncial tubes, the intestines, uterus, and the major organs of the body.

Serotonin was originally given to put pregnant women into labor so is it any wonder that Indy and so many other babies born to mothers on antidepressants are either miscarried or born early?

When serotonin levels go too high it results in Serotonin Syndrome which can be fatal producing death via multiple organ failure as the organs constrict and shut down as happened with baby Indy’s lungs.

Now the 9/11 connection: EVERY WEEK IN THIS COUNTRY WE LOSE AS MANY LIVES AS WE LOST IN THE 9/11 TRAGEDY TO ADVERSE REACTIONS FROM PRESCRIPTION DRUGS PRESCRIBED VIA FDA GUIDELINES – NOT ABUSED, BUT GIVEN AND TAKEN ACCORDING TO FDA GUIDELINES.

Why, are we at war in the Middle East over so few deaths (not that they did not matter or were any less important) as opposed to the thousands upon thousands of needless and senseless deaths that continue to happen every week in America due to these deadly prescription drugs that the world tends to ignore?!!! This is an ongoing, never ending 9/11 tragedy striking every week for years before 9/11 and for many years now since 9/11.

Who are the real terrorists? And why have we not declared war on them?

Now this week another family will go into court to fight the battle their little one cannot fight on his/her own. The birth defects have been known of for some time in medical science, but not shared with the parents of those who should be watching for them.

And just how many are there? We have NO idea. Most families are dealing with them with no idea even yet what the cause is. Last year I was speaking with a father about a business matter who explained he could not speak long because his 15 year old daughter was born with a hole in her heart and he had to run her to a doctor’s appointment.

I immediately asked which antidepressant his wife was taking during pregnancy with his daughter. Without hesitation he turned to his wife and asked, “Honey, which antidepressant were you on when you carried ________? Paxil. It was Paxil remember? That was when you had me start taking it.”

Of course I told him he needed to look up the FDA warnings on the drug and heart defects at birth due to the drug. I then gave him the numbers of several attorneys and explained that his daughter has every right to file for this terrible problem that has so affected her life for the past 15 years and will for the rest of her life that will be cut short as a result of the damage done by the drug.

So how many other 15 year olds are there out there dealing with these birth defects even though they have no knowledge of this being a side effect of their mother’s medication? And how many others like Indy did not survive their damages? We need to know. Hopefully this case finally making its way into court will stir up enough publicity to wake up enough people to give these children and their families answers.

Dr. Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & www.ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our
Serotonin Nightmare (Order #)

http://wp.me/phViU-qd

Today, September 13, 2009 is the one year anniversary of Indiana Delahunty’s death. We encourage you to please go to her parent’s, Christian & Matt Delahunty’s, blog to offer some moral support to the family at this time.

http://indibaby.wordpress.com/

http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/test-paxil-case-hits-court-next-week/2009-09-11
Test Paxil case hits court next week
September 11, 2009 — 10:43am ET | By Tracy Staton
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GlaxoSmithKline and a bunch of plaintiffs’ lawyers will have their eyes on a Philadelphia court next week. That court is hosting a bellwether liability case over claims that the antidepressant Paxil causes birth defects. Glaxo faces some 600 lawsuits with similar claims. “These cases are sort of like the canary in the coal mine,” law professor David Logan told Bloomberg. “The early cases set the parameters for any global settlement negotiations.”

In this first case, plaintiff Michelle David claims that Paxil caused heart defects in her son Lyam Kilker and that Glaxo failed to warn about the drug’s potential to cause birth defects. As you know, FDA asked Glaxo in 2005 to update Paxil’s label with information on heart defects in infants. Glaxo says the FDA’s action doesn’t prove that Paxil causes birth defects; its own studies after the warning “have been inconclusive with mixed results,” the company says.

But David’s attorney says that Glaxo failed to follow up on early animal studies that suggested Paxil might cause birth defects, and that the company designed Paxil studies to use low doses of the drug to avoid triggering adverse events. “In 1998, GSK internally concluded that it had received an ‘alarming’ number of abnormal pregnancy adverse events for Paxil and failed to disclose this information to the FDA, physicians or the public,” the lawyers said in a court filing. We’ll be hearing much more from both sides next week.

– read the Bloomberg piece

Read more: http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/test-paxil-case-hits-court-next-week/2009-09-11#ixzz0Qq0vDCIS

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Murder-Suicide: Woman Kills Husband, 2 Year Old Son

How sickening that this horrific antidepressant-induced murder/suicide could happen right in the same city where a jury found eight years ago that ONLY TWO PILLS of the antidepressant Paxil were the main cause for Donald Schell to shoot his wife, daughter, infant granddaughter and then himself!

WHY DID THE LOCAL MEDIA ALLOW THE TRAGIC WARNING BY THE SCHELL FAMILY (AT THE COST OF SO MUCH INNOCENT BLOOD) TO LEAVE THE PUBLIC EYE LONG ENOUGH FOR ANOTHER SIMILAR TRAGEDY TO HAPPEN??????!!!!!!!!!! HOW LONG DO WE ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN AND DO NOTHING?! WHERE IS THE MEDIA RESPONSIBILITY TO WARN THE PUBLIC?! IS IT BURIED UNDER THEIR LARGE ADVERTISING ACCOUNTS FROM PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES?!

Sorry to shout, but people are dying horrible deaths and no one seems to care. After 20 years of witnessing so many senseless deaths you start shouting. PLEASE encourage your local media to warn of this possibility with these drugs. If they need more information have them contact me.

Dr. Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & www.ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our
Serotonin Nightmare (Order #)

Paragraph three reads: “In a toxicology test, forensic pathologist Dr. Patrick Allen found opiates, tranquilizers, anti-depressants and pain killers in the woman, according to the autopsy report.”

Paragraphs seven and eight read: “Luna said the woman did have some anti-depressants that were prescribed, and that she had a history of such medication.

“There’s no prescription for the (opiates and morphine),” Luna said Wednesday. “You can surmise she got it from other sources.”

http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2009/09/10/news/19local_09-10-09.txt

Some of the many prescription meds in Joy Hofer’s system were prescribed, some weren’t, surmised the coroner.

By Michael Van Cassell
mcassell@wyomingnews.com

CHEYENNE – A woman who authorities say shot her husband and killed her 2-year-old son had a cocktail of prescription drugs in her system when she took her own life on July 24.

On Wednesday, the Laramie County Coroner’s Office released results from the autopsy performed on 31-year-old Joy M. Hofer.

In a toxicology test, forensic pathologist Dr. Patrick Allen found opiates, tranquilizers, anti-depressants and pain killers in the woman, according to the autopsy report.

Some of those drugs were in her blood at levels ranging from twice to potentially 1,200 times the therapeutic level, the report shows.

Laramie County Coroner Marty Luna said there were “high amounts of opiates and morphine” in her system.

“She should have been shut down,” he said. “I don’t know how she functioned.”

Luna said the woman did have some anti-depressants that were prescribed, and that she had a history of such medication.

“There’s no prescription for the (opiates and morphine),” Luna said Wednesday. “You can surmise she got it from other sources.”

Her husband, Kelly J. Hofer, 28, and son Gunnar Hofer, 2, were both found July 25 in at the family’s residence in the 4700 block of Hickory Place. Autopsies indicated Joy M. Hofer killed them.

Kelly Hofer died from a gunshot wound to the back of his head; Gunnar Hofer died from suffocation and strangulation, according to autopsies.

Luna has said evidence suggested Kelly Hofer died first, and that he and Gunnar died July 24.

Bruises were found on the child’s neck and face as well as lidocaine, an anesthetic or numbing agent, in his blood stream, an autopsy report shows.

The autopsy report for Joy M. Hofer said she suffered a gunshot to the right side of her head.

Cheyenne Police Detective Cathleen Trujillo said Wednesday that she is awaiting test results for gunshot residue kits and fingerprints from the state crime laboratory.

“When I have those, I’ll finish the report,” she said.

Luna said he is continuing an investigation into why this all happened.

“If I can get close to answering that question, then I want to do that,” he said

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Assault of an officer: Australia

Note from Ann Blake-Tracy: This sounds too familiar to the Donald Schell case in
Wyoming that went to trial after he took Paxil for two days and then shot
and killed his wife, daughter, infant granddaughter and himself. The jury
ruled in that case that the two antidepressants were the main cause of that
tragic murder/suicide.

Cases like this immediately make me wonder about the P450 2D6 liver enzyme
that is never tested for in patients before giving them an SSRI. There are
about 7 – 10% of the population who lack that liver enzyme because
genetically they did not inherit it. Without the enzyme you cannot metabolize an
antidepressant and you hit toxic levels rapidly.
____________________________________________________________

Paragraph four reads: "Lawyer Ian Pilgrim said that Warren intended to
plead guilty and had been under significant personal and financial stress. He
had started taking anti-depressants two days before the incident, Mr Pil
grim said."

_http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/story/2009/07/22/assault-accused-giv
en-bail/_
(http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/story/2009/07/22/assault-accused-given-bail/)

Assault accused given bail
22nd July 2009

©istockphoto/antb

A MAN who allegedly bashed a female police officer with a pick handle
after she went to his home to attend a domestic dispute was released on bail
yesterday.

Gregory Paul Warren, 38, was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm
while armed and serious assault after allegedly attacking two officers at
Urraween on Sunday afternoon.

He was subdued using capsicum spray.

Lawyer Ian Pilgrim said that Warren intended to plead guilty and had been
under significant personal and financial stress. He had started taking
anti-depressants two days before the incident, Mr Pilgrim said.

Prosecutor Sergeant Kathryn Stagoll opposed bail because of Warren’s
unpredictability and volatility. â

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Donald Schell vs. SmithKline Beecham

Donald Schell vs. SmithKline Beecham

Paxil Maker Ordered to Pay $8 Million – Jury Says Anti-depressant Largely to Blame for Deadly Shooting Spree

The Associated Press

The manufacturer of the nation’s second-best-selling anti-depressant must pay $8 million to the relatives of a man who killed himself and three others after taking the drug Paxil, jurors said.

Donald Schell vs. SmithKline Beecham

6/6/2001

Paxil Maker Ordered to Pay $8 Million – Jury Says Anti-depressant Largely to Blame for Deadly Shooting Spree

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/living/dailynews/paxil010606.html
The Associated Press

The manufacturer of the nation’s second-best-selling anti-depressant must pay $8 million to the relatives of a man who killed himself and three others after taking the drug Paxil, jurors said.

Jurors in U.S. District Court considering the wrongful death civil suit returned a verdict against SmithKline Beecham today. They received the case Tuesday afternoon. Relatives of Donald Schell, 60, claim the man, originally from Gillette, Wyo., took two Paxil tablets before shooting his wife, their daughter, his granddaughter and himself to death on Feb. 13, 1998.

The survivors’ lead attorney, Andy Vickery, had asked the jury to award a total of $25 million in damages.

Besides Schell, the victims were his wife, Rita Schell, 55; their daughter, Deborah Tobin, 31; and Alyssa Tobin, 9 months. Tobin’s widower, Tim Tobin, and Donald Schell’s sister, Neva Hardy, filed the wrongful-death lawsuit.

Vickery also asked the jury to award damages to Michael Schell, the Schells’ adult son, and to Rita Schell’s mother.

The jury awarded damages in varied amounts for each death, with the largest awards $2.5 million each for the deaths of Deborah and Alyssa Tobin going to Tim Tobin.

Jury Said Drug Maker 80 Percent to Blame

In its findings, the jury concluded that Paxil could cause someone to commit suicide or homicide and that the drug was in fact a proximate cause of the deaths in this case.

The jury attributed 80 percent of the fault in the case to the drug maker and 20 percent to Donald Schell.

A call seeking comment from representatives of the drug company was not immediately returned today.

In closing arguments, Vickery said Paxil can produce suicidal and homicidal reactions in a small number of people.

“Since 1990, SmithKline Beecham knew there was a small group at risk and Don Schell was one of those vulnerable people,” he said.

The company, now GlaxoSmithKline PLC, failed to provide adequate label warnings about the possibility of violent reactions, nor did it adequately test for the risk of such reactions, he said.

Company: Drug Didn’t Have a Chance to Work

Attorneys for the company maintained that Paxil is a safe treatment for depression.

“It’s plain from the facts, science and common sense,” Charles Preuss said in closing arguments. “Don Schell’s escalating depression caused this.

“The real tragedy is Paxil didn’t have a chance to do its job and save lives,” he said. “Paxil could have saved four lives in Gillette.”

Vickery said Schell told people he hallucinated when he took Prozac a decade earlier. Preuss said Schell went through five previous bouts of depression that kept him out of work, but Schell did not follow the recommendations of at least three psychiatrists.

Also, he said, Schell had been coping with the death of his father-in-law and brother and had problems at work regarding a threatened lawsuit.

Doctors from across the United States and from England were called to testify during the 2 1&Mac218;2-week trial.

Central nervous system drugs like Paxil are GlaxoSmithKline’s biggest product group. GlaxoSmithKline’s world headquarters are in London and its U.S. research operations are based in Philadelphia.

Copyright 2001 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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