A growing number of lawsuits have been filed by people who took the antipsychotic drug Abilify and experienced uncontrollable urges to gamble, eat, shop, or have sex.
Need a Texas Abilify Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with diabetes or gambling addiction, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit in Texas.
Abilify MDL Centralizes Gambling Lawsuits in Florida
In October 2016, judges centralized all federal Abilify lawsuits into Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2734) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida under Judge M. Casey Rodgers.
Label Updates Emphasize Addictive Behaviors
August 2016 — The new label (PDF) warns that patients may not be able to recognize compulsive behaviors as abnormal. Doctors should specifically ask about the development of new or intense urges to gamble, have sex, shop, or binge eat. In some cases — although not all — urges went away in patients who stopped taking Abilify or reduced the dose. Click here to read more.
FDA Issues Warning About Impulse Disorders
In May 2016, the FDA issued a Safety Communication to warn about the risk of uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop, and have sex with the use of Abilify. The FDA identified 184 case reports of impulse-control problems since Abilify was approved in November 2002. Click here to read more.
Abilify and Gambling Addiction
Abilify belongs to a class of drugs that treat mental illness by balancing levels of dopamine in the brain. Unfortunately, this mechanism also increases the risk of gambling addiction. Evidence of this side effect has been growing since 2005 and some experts are calling for a “Black Box” warning label.
In April 2011, the British Journal of Psychiatry published details of three case reports describing pathological gambling addiction in schizophrenic patients on Abilify — all of whom improved soon after stopping Abilify. According to the reports:
“[J] was pre-occupied with thoughts of gambling and his gambling activity became both impulsive and involved extensive planning in obtaining funds to gamble, including the use of crime.”
“[K] described an escalation in his gambling to the extent of spending all of his money and it being ‘a reason to live’.”
“[S] began experiencing strong urges to gamble in the form of a euphoric feeling when thinking about gambling. In the following 2 years he incurred debts of around £25,000 on internet betting sites.”
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but our Texas trial attorneys are not currently filing an Abilify class action. Lawsuits have already been filed, but these are not part of a class action — instead, they are individual lawsuits filed by people who have hired an attorney to represent their legal interests.
About Class Actions
Class actions are a popular way to resolve a legal dispute when a large number of people have the same claim — for example, when thousands of people want reimbursement for purchasing a defective product. It wouldn’t make sense for everyone to file a lawsuit alone. Members of the class action consolidate their individual claims, choose a “class representative,” and collectively argue for compensation.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
Class actions are designed to resolve a lot of cases as efficiently as possible. They are not designed to maximize compensation for people with severe injuries. People who join class actions sometimes must accept a “low-ball” settlement or higher attorneys’ fees that do not leave much remaining for everyone in the lawsuit to share.
Instead of a class action, our lawyers file individual lawsuits. We understand that many of our clients are suffering devastating losses to their physical, emotional, and financial health. We specialize in helping them seek justice and compensation from drug-makers who fail to warn about severe side effects. If you were injured, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
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