The lawsuit involving Abilify states the manufacturers of the prescription medication failed to warn doctors and patients that the drug could cause compulsive behavior, especially involving gambling, shopping, eating and sex.
Why are Abilify Lawsuits Being Filed
The claims pending against Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Bristol-Myers Squibb (the manufacturers of Abilify) state the companies were negligent in the design of Abilify, and then hid evidence from the government and public of the increased risks of patients' developing compulsive urges.
Court documents state the two drug makers failed to properly test Abilify, exaggerated the benefits of the drug, and encouraged physicians to use the medication for purposes not approved by the FDA.
Lawyers argue that if doctors had known the true risks, then a different medication would have been used to treat a patient's symptoms, and especially if the patient began to experience obsessive behavior.
What is the Purpose of Abilify
Abilify is an anti-psychotic medication used in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, autism and depression.
It’s intended to help decrease hallucinations, disorganized thinking, mood swings, depressive thoughts and tics. It's not approved to treat symptoms related to dementia, and can increase the risk of death in patients suffering from dementia.
Abilify initially received FDA approval in 2002. It's sold under the names Abilify and Aristada. In 2009, Abilify was additionally approved to help treat irritability suffered by autistic children, and various psychological disorders experienced by teenagers. Manufacturers claim it helps reduce moodiness, hyperactivity, and aggressive behaviors.
Abilify Side Effects
Abilify has been linked to pathological gambling, shopping, eating and sex. This addictive behavior has been found to start almost immediately upon taking Abilify, and stop once the patient is switched to another medicine.
The obsessive behavior caused by Abilify is such that the person develops an uncontrollable urge to perform an act (such as, gambling), and cannot resist the desire. The person will continue to do the act even if it's causing him or her personal, social and financial injuries.
The most common side effects from Abilify include the following:
|Most Common Side Effects|
|Trouble sleeping||Weight gain|
Pre-teens have been found to occasionally experience suicidal thoughts when taking this type of medication. Therefore, family members should carefully monitor children while taking Abilify.
Some patients have experienced high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) while taking the medication. Diabetics should check their blood sugar levels on a regular basis.
Taking Abilify during pregnancy may cause issues with the newborn, such as withdrawal symptoms, breathing difficulties and feeding problems. However, you should not stop taking Abilify without first speaking with your treating doctor.
Abilify Lawsuit Videos
Abilify Lawsuit News
The FDA warned Tuesday that the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole, which is found in medications like Abilify and Aristada, has been linked to uncontrollable urges to eat, gamble, shop and have sex. To read more, click Time MagazineA Popular Antipsychotic Drug Is Causing Uncontrollable Urges
Abilify is a best-selling drug that “is used to treat schizophrenia, and can be used in combination with other drugs to treat depression,” as STAT News puts it. It turns out that it can also, in rare cases at least, cause some very odd side effects. STAT reports that in a warning posted yesterday, the FDA explained that the drug appears to sometimes cause people to have urges to engage in various forms of behavior impulsively, ranging from sex to gambling. To read more, click New York Magazine
"The mother of two said she lost custody of her kids and possession of her house to a gambling habit she said began in 2008 after she was prescribed Abilify for depression.” To read more, click FOX 31Calgary woman part of class-action lawsuit against drug maker
"A Calgary woman is one of hundreds of Canadians who said their lives were negatively impacted by the drug Abilify and are taking part in a class-action lawsuit. Christina Milisic was prescribed the drug in 2013 to help with hallucinations and paranoia, but instead of relief, she quickly noticed strange new behaviors that she couldn’t control, especially gambling.” To read more, click CTV News
For additional news stories, click Levin Law Abilify News
Abilify Claims Information
How Much Compensation can be Recovered in an Abilify Lawsuit
We will be seeking the following damages for you:
- Past and future medical expenses to treat your addiction.
- Past and future mental pain and suffering that results from the addiction, such as losing family, friends, employment and finances.
- Wage loss, if any.
- Gambling losses, if any.
- Excessive purchases, if any.
- Other economic losses you might have sustained as a result of your compulsive behavior.
- Punitive damages, if appropriate.
As of this time, there has not been a recall of Abilify related to addictive behaviors. However, the FDA ordered a label change in 2016 to warn of the relationship between Abilify and pathological gambling and other compulsive behaviors.
As of this time, there have been no large group settlements involving Abilify and the potential link to compulsive actions. Generally, however, large groups of settlements do not occur until such time as a few cases are tried before a jury, and the manufacturer is able to more thoroughly understand its financial risk.
FDA and Scientific Studies Regarding Abilify
The FDA Warns of Link Between Abilify and Obsessive BehaviorThe FDA issued a warning that compulsive or uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge-eat, shop, and have sex have been reported with the use of the anti-psychotic drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada, and generics). These uncontrollable urges were reported to have stopped when the medicine was discontinued or the dose was reduced. To read more, click FDA Drug Safety Communication
The FDA identified 167 patients between 2002 and 2016 that began experiencing new urges leading to compulsive behavior after starting Abilfy treatment. Within days to weeks of reducing or discontinuing the medicine, all of the patients reported their intense urges stopped. None of the patients had a history of pathological gambling, compulsive sexual behavior, binge eating, or compulsive shopping prior to starting the treatment.