Back in 2007, Eli Lilly, the maker of Zyprexa, agreed to pay out $500 million to settle 18,000 lawsuits. Zyprexa is a popular drug for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but it can also cause heart attacks, diabetes and other serious side effects in patients. It’s been over five years since Eli Lilly made that massive payout, but it looks like more victims are coming forward in 2013 to complain of new serious side effects: heart attack, coma and death.
Around the world, over 20 million people have used Zyprexa since it became available in 1996. However, just because Eli Lilly paid out such large sums in 2007 doesn’t mean the trials and Zyprexa lawsuits were over. Eli Lilly continued to face civil and criminal investigations, and now more Zyprexa victims are coming forward. Zyprexa continues to be a popular drug, and many people didn’t realize their failing health was caused by the medication.
Where Zyprexa Went Wrong
According to The New York Times, Lilly “played down” the Zyprexa risks to both doctors and patients, and some internal trials were kept top secret. Lilly’s clinical trials revealed that 16 percent of people on Zyprexa gained over 66 pounds per year, and obesity can exacerbate diabetes and heart issues, and lead to a host of other problems like joint pain and a general lower level of life enjoyment. However, Lilly chose to keep that detail away from doctors.
Additionally, these internal documents also showed that Zyprexa was marketed as safe for people who weren’t even diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder — which is the only thing the FDA approved the drug for. During the 2007 trial, Lilly denied doing anything wrong and was vehement that doctors were given all information. The American Diabetes Association agreed in 2004 that Zyprexa causes diabetes more than similar drugs largely because of the weight gain.
Zyprexa Injection Deaths
Now, almost six years after Lilly agreed to the $500 million Zyprexa settlement, the company is facing new lawsuits over claims that Zyprexa injections lead to serious side effects like cardiac arrest and death.
On June 18, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert that it was investigating two “unexplained” deaths of patients who were injected with Zyprexa Relprevv. Product liability and drug injury attorneys are actively looking for Zyprexa victims who suffered severe side effects after taking the injectable drug, including heart attack, coma, death or other severe injuries.
Did You Suffer a Serious Zyprexa Side Effect?
If you or a loved one suffered a major complication after being injected with Zyprexa, you may have a claim to seek compensation through a Zyprexa injury settlement. Visit the Zyprexa Injection Heart Attack, Death Class Action Lawsuit Investigation to learn more. After you submit your information, a Zyprexa attorney will contact you if you have a case for your complimentary claim review.
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