Summary:

First three paragraphs read:  "A North-east young entrepreneur is taking a drugs giant firm to court."

"Award-winning businessman Stuart Ebdy wants to sue GlaxoSmithKline for £50,000."

"He claims one of its products caused him 'personal injuries'".

Paragraphs 7 & 8 read:  "The 25-year-old and hundreds of other Seroxat [Paxil[ users worldwide claim their lives have been affected by the drug - GSK's biggest-selling antidepressant."

"Some users say they have contemplated suicide after taking it, although it is designed to restore their happiness and confidence."


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BUSINESSMAN TO SUE OVER DEPRESSION DRUG

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12:00 - 30 January 2008

A North-east young entrepreneur is taking a drugs giant firm to court.

Award-winning businessman Stuart Ebdy wants to sue GlaxoSmithKline for £50,000.

He claims one of its products caused him "personal injuries".

Mr Ebdy, who lives in Aberdeen and runs companies based in the city and at Fraserburgh, is one of several hundred people planning to take legal action against GSK over its antidepressant Seroxat, also known as paroxetine.

Information about the court action contained in a writ made public at the High Court in London.

Mr Ebdy, who is involved in six limited companies and has previously been crowned Scotland's young entrepreneur of the year, says he has suffered "undisclosed personal injuries" because of the drug.

The 25-year-old and hundreds of other Seroxat users worldwide claim their lives have been affected by the drug - GSK's biggest-selling antidepressant.

Some users say they have contemplated suicide after taking it, although it is designed to restore their happiness and confidence.

A spokesman for GSK said yesterday he could not comment on individual cases but did say the firm believed there was "no merit" in the legal action. "Seroxat has benefited millions of people worldwide who have suffered from depression," he said.