Eli Lilly & Co. has already paid billions of dollars to settle thousands of Zyprexa lawsuits. Now, more victims are coming forward to report severe side effects like heart attacks and skin reactions.
Need a Texas Zyprexa 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 a severe side effect, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
What is Zyprexa?
Zyprexa (olanzapine) is a prescription anti-psychotic drug for severe mental illnesses. It works by balancing levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain to reduce psychotic hallucinations and delusions. It has been used by over 20 million people since it hit the market in 1996.
$500 Million Zyprexa Settlement
In 2007, Eli Lilly agreed to pay a $500 million settlement in 18,000 lawsuits filed by people with diabetes from Zyprexa. Including earlier settlements, the company paid $1.2 billion to nearly 30,000 people who were injured by the drug.
What is the problem?
Lawyers accused the company of downplaying risks. Internal documents show that in clinical trials, 16% of patients on Zyprexa gained at least 66 pounds after taking Zyprexa for a year — a far higher number than the company disclosed to doctors. Obesity significantly increases the risk of diabetes, heart attack, and other health problems.
Eli Lilly Pays $1.42 Billion for Zyprexa Marketing
In January 2009, Eli Lilly & Co. pled guilty to charges of illegally marketing Zyprexa for unapproved uses and agreed to a $1.42 billion settlement. The company was under criminal investigation for marketing Zypreca for dementia, including people with Alzheimer’s disease, even though it increases the risk of death in dementia patients and is only approved for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
FDA Safety Warning for Skin Reactions
In May 2016, the FDA issued a Safety Communication to warn about rare but serious skin reactions from Zyprexa.
Since 1996, the agency has received 23 reports of a severe condition known as Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS), which has a 10% mortality-rate. One of the patients died of cardiac arrest, but other medications may have contributed.
DRESS causes a higher-than-normal number of infection-fighting white blood cells called eosinophils that can cause inflammation, or swelling. According to the FDA warning:
“DRESS may start as a rash that can spread to all parts of the body. It can include fever and swollen lymph nodes and a swollen face. … DRESS can result in injury to organs including the liver, kidneys, lungs, heart, or pancreas, and can lead to death.”
FDA Investigates Deaths Linked to Zyprexa
In March 2015, the FDA issued a Safety Communication after completing an investigation into two deaths linked to injectable Zyprexa Relprevv. The agency was unable to conclude that the deaths were caused by rapid entry of Zyprexa in the bloodstream, but they did not update the label.
Zyprexa Class Action
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm in Texas, but our lawyers are not currently filing a Zyprexa class action. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits for people who were injured by severe side effects. Call now to see if you qualify: (866) 879-3040.
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