The Placebo Effect
Drug makers are required to test drugs for efficacy and safety and submit the results to the FDA before the drug is approved. During these clinical trials, up to hundreds of patients are given either the drug being tested or a placebo (a sugar pill that has no medicinal benefit). Neither the patients nor the researchers testing the drug are supposed to be aware of which patients are receiving the actual medication.
In trials of antidepressants, patients are interviewed about their symptoms (usually using the 17-question Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, or “HAM-D”) before, during, and at the end of the trial period, which usually lasts six to eight weeks, to determine how much their symptoms have diminished. Their answers are assigned a numerical value and summed to give an overall HAM-D depression score. The higher the score, the worse the depression.
However, many people experience significant symptom relief simply as a result of a belief that they are taking an active medication, even when the pill they are taking is a placebo. This is known as the placebo effect and it can be very powerful – so powerful in fact that, in many trials, those taking the sugar pill achieve as much symptom relief, according to HAM-D scores, as those taking the drug. Unless a drug company can provide to the FDA at least two clinical trials in which the patients receiving the drug achieve significantly more symptom improvement as measured by the HAM-D than those taking a placebo, the agency will not approve the drug.
If your child took Celexa or Lexapro between 1998 and the present, was under the age of 12 at the time he/she took it, and you paid for the prescriptions, including a co-pay, of Celexa or Lexapro for your child, you may qualify to be the next class representative in a class action Celexa / Lexapro lawsuit in your state.
In a consumer fraud class action Celexa / Lexapro lawsuit, the parent of a child who took either drug while a minor, can represent the entire population of parents whose children took either drug between 1998 and the present, in a class action Celexa / Lexapro lawsuit against Forest.
If you are interested in becoming a class representative for a class action against Forest Labs and Forest Pharmaceuticals, please contact our law firm at 800-827-0087 or via our online form.
Read the class action complaint against Forest Labs which alleges the company illegally marketed Celexa and Lexapro for off-label use in pediatric patients when both drugs had been approved only for adult use. According to the Celexa / Lexapro lawsuit, Forest Labs allegedly disseminated and caused others to disseminate false and misleading information to doctors and the public about the safety and efficacy of Celexa and Lexapro in treating pediatric patients.
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National Pediatric Paxil Class Action Settlement – The maker of Paxil settled for $63.8 million in a national pediatric Paxil class settlement which provided more payment to people who paid for Paxil for use by a minor.
Second Phase of National Pediatric Paxil Class Action Settles for $40 Million – The judge in this case approved a final settlement of $40M to reimburse insurance companies, as third-party payers, for their costs in insuring Paxil purchases paid for by the parents of minors prescribed Paxil or Paxil CR.