Otsuka and Bristol-Meyer Squibb Settle Three Abilify Lawsuits; Global Settlement Agreement to Follow
Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and its US partner, Bristol-Meyer Squibb, have settled three Abilify lawsuits that were scheduled to go to trial this summer. The plaintiffs, who suffer from gambling addiction and compulsive behavior disorders, allege that their conditions were caused by taking the antipsychotic medication Abilify (aripiprazole).
Despite demonstrated dangers and side effects, which are the primary cause of action in the dozens of lawsuits currently part of a mass tort action, the atypical antipsychotic medication Abilify remains on pharmacy shelves.
There's No Clinical Proof They Help – So Why Are People With Developmental Disabilities Being Given Anti-Psychotic Medications?
A recent article in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry highlights a disturbing trend: the increasing use of antipsychotic drugs on people with developmental and intellectual disabilities such as Down's Syndrome and autism.
If “three strikes” laws applied to corporate “people” as they do to natural humans, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) would be spending the rest of its life behind bars. Unfortunately, as we have seen, giving corporations human “rights” doesn't mean they have human accountability.
Aripiprazole, sold by Bristol-Meyers Squibb under the trade name Abilify, is an atypical, or “second generation” antipsychotic medication usually prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. Originally given the green light by the FDA in 2002, Abilify was approved for the treatment of depression in 2007.
Award winning personal injury attorney Troy Rafferty, a shareholder with the Levin Papantonio Law Firm, has been appointed to the leadership team handling cases related to the Abilify (Aripiprazole) Products Liability Litigation.
In May of 2016, the FDA finally issued a warning about the antidepressant medication aripiprizole, sold under the brand name Abilify as well as in generic form. That warning stated that use of aripiprizole “may” result in compulsive, uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat and have sex. The agency’s warning noted that while these side effects are “rare,” they “may result in harm to the patient and others if not recognized.”
The latest drug with harmful side effects now being targeted in litigation is an anti-psychotic medication known as aripiprazole, sold under the brand name Abilify as well as in generic forms. Now, to be fair, the company that manufactures Abilify, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, did warn that patients taking the product could be subject to uncontrollable impulse behaviors – among them, gambling addiction. This warning appeared on packaging in the European Union and Canada. However, until quite recently, there was no such warning on US packaging.