Below are some of our videos explaining the potential dangers of Abilify, and especially the connection to compulsive behavior, such as gambling, shopping, eating and sex. To learn more about the types of injuries that have been linked to this medication, and the legal claims that have been filed, click Abilify.
Abilify: The Drug That Seriously Harms Your Impulse Control Center
Statistics show that about 1 out of 5 American citizens suffer from some form of mental illness every year. These illnesses run the gamut from depression to Tourette’s syndrome. And with a market of more than 42 million people a year as their potential clients, Big Pharma hasn’t wasted any time creating countless pills they claim are going to solve your mental health problems.
There are plenty of medications available that do provide relief for people suffering from mental health problems, but there are also a wide variety of pills that have had their efficacy overstated by drug companies who were just trying to cash in on the latest blockbuster market that has opened up.
Abilify is an anti-psychotic medication manufactured and marketed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Bristol Meyers Squibb. It’s 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.
There are numerous lawsuits pending involving their anti-psychotic medication Abilify that clearly show the drug can cause impulse issues in adults, such as chaotic gambling, shopping, binge eating and hypersexuality. And with every one of those issues comes an entirely new set of problems for the people that are taking the pill. There have been reports of people losing everything by gambling away their homes, cars, and retirement funds due to the effects of Abilify. People are wrecking their home lives because of the side effects of Abilify. What is so remarkable of all that is that the science appears to be absolutely solid that Abilify is at the heart of the problem. There’s no guesswork here. They’ve seen the statistics; they know the numbers.
According to the lawsuits that have been filed against Otsuka and Bristol Meyers Squibb, the company was fully aware of how their medication adversely affected a person’s impulse control and they completely failed to warn the public about these dangers, even though they had warned in Europe long before. Documents point to the fact that the company had plenty of information to show the problems here with the side effects related to Abilify.
They over-sold the effectiveness of the drug because and kept quiet about the risks because they wanted a piece of the 42 million-customer market. And they were wildly successful. In 2014, Abilify was one of the best-selling medications in the United States, bringing in more than $7 billion for Big Pharma.
In spite of all the dangers that have been emerging in the public arena with this medication for more than 4 years, juvenile detention centers, if you can imagine, have been spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year buying stockpiles of Abilify so they can medicate juvenile delinquents rather than taking the time to try rehabilitating them. And these drugs are only increasing the frequency of the very behaviors that landed these children in trouble in the first place. This is the new normal for Big Pharma in America.
Abilify and the Link to Addictive Behaviors
Abilify is an antipsychotic 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 has been linked to pathological gambling, shopping, eating, and sex. This addictive behavior has been found to start almost immediately upon taking Abilify and they stop once the patient is switched to another medication. The obsessive behavior caused by Abilify is such that the person develops an uncontrollable urge to perform an act, such as gambling, and they can't resist that desire. The person will continue to do the act even if it's causing him or her personal, social, and financial devastation.
As of this time, there's not been a recall of Abilify related to addictive behaviors. However, the FDA has ordered a label change to warn of the relationship between Abilify and pathological gambling and other compulsive behaviors such as binge eating, shopping, and hypersexuality.
As part of its research, the FDA identified 167 patients that began experiencing new urges leading to compulsive behavior after they started taking Abilify. Within days to weeks of reducing or discontinuing the medicine completely, 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.
Abilify Lawsuits Claim Link to Compulsive Gambling, Eating, Shopping & Hypersexuality
The drug Abilify is one of the most popular antipsychotic medications in the United States. It was introduced in 2002 and since then has generated tens of billions of dollars for drug company, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals but here's the thing, this drug obviously considered a blockbuster among the pharmaceutical industry has been linked to some very dangerous behavior. Specifically this drug has been linked to obsessive gambling, obsessive eating, obsessive sexuality in people taking it. Now, the purpose of this drug again is an antipsychotic, it's supposed to help people with schizophrenia, people with hallucinations and other kind of mental disorders and the company, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals absolutely knew during their testing that this particular drug could cause these types of damaging, dangerous behaviors, the obsessive gambling, obsessive sexuality, obsessive eating.
They knew that. Did they tell anybody? Did they tell the doctors? Did they tell the reviewers at the FDA? All science points to no, especially when it comes to informing doctors because as it turn out Abilify is not the only antipsychotic medication out there on the market. Doctors were told that this medication was new, it was exciting, it worked wonders, it was better than anything that existed currently so you need to prescribe Abilify instead of these other medications. That's where the company ran into problems, because they hide the dangers, doctors were unable to make informed decisions when prescribing medication for their patients. That's what led to the behaviors that we saw, again obsessive gambling is one of the most common with this, causing people to lose tons of money, lose their livelihoods, lose their loved ones as a result of this and the company absolutely knew that this was going to happen and didn't tell anybody.
There are currently lawsuits filed against Otsuka for this and that is probably one of the best things that can happen. Again the company has made tens of billions of dollars off this drug because they hide the dangers. That's what people need to understand about how the the Justice System in the United States works. All drugs have side effects, most of them the side effects are minor and in no way worse than the expected outcome of the drugs. The drugs perform much more good than they do harm. It's not even that Abilify cause side effects, that's not what lawsuits are about. You can't just sue because it caused something that wasn't intentionally, it has to be that the company knew about it and the company didn't tell anyone. That's exactly what we're looking at out here, this is the same story that has played itself out time and time again with Big Pharma.
They always try to cover up the dangers, make as much money as possible while they're doing that because then by the time the lawsuits roll around, hell they've already made billions and billions of dollars so what's a few people are destroyed as a result of their negligence? Because they're still going to make a profit off this. That is the disgusting story that is far too common today with Big Pharma.