product liability lawsuitBack 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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  • Robert Sabo December 5, 2013

    Just underwent PCI with stent implantation, due to 7+ years of dyslipidemia caused by Zyprexa.

  • Brian S December 6, 2013

    Thanks to taking zyprexa as a child and on and off through my military career for “insomnia”, I will have to live with gynocemastia for the rest of my life (enlarged breasts)

    • Mike October 11, 2015

      Is there anything we can do at this point? I too was hurt by ZYPREXA.

  • Cynthia December 16, 2013

    My 89 year old mother was taken for an “evaluation” and given Zyprexa. Within 3 days she became severely distressed, could only speak gibberish, developed severe Parkinson’s symptoms and never walked nor talked coherently again. Some things are worse than death. Mom was never allowed to go back to her assisted living apartment. Instead she was put directly into an Alzheimer’s ward against my wishes. In the A-wing she was further immobilized with more drugs to stop her constantly moving legs. I told the doctor who did this to her that it better be reversible. I photographed my hardly recognizable mother. No lawyer would help me since I did not have Power of Attorney. Now I understand the doctor’s arrogance, no liability and he knew it.

    Three years later at 92, she lives out her life with other mothers who languish there. It is heartbreaking to observe the broken system from within, to know the exact cause of her suffering, yet be so helpless. I go to visit as often as I can but she is far away. I decorate her room with the many cards and photographs of a large family. Her senior picture is gorgeous. Mom does not notice, but I want others to know that she has been a wonderful mother. I want them to treat her with kindness. I tell her story with the hope that it will prevent even one person from living this nightmare. My heart goes out to all who have suffered from this horrific drug, Zyprexa.

  • Mike December 30, 2013

    I hate this drug! It damaged me. Why didn’t the doctor who put me on it in 2003 tell me that I would 60 pounds within a few months. Since the drug came out in 1996 they had to have known of the side effects by 2003. It’s not right! Isn’t there anything we can do?

    • Art Kane March 14, 2014

      omg this happened to me

  • Tammy Rossberg February 8, 2014

    I never heard of this drug before until I read my dads hospital records. He was injected with it for what I don’t know. Ten minutes after injection my dad went into cardiac arrest he was brought back after 15 mins but never completely recovered 6 days later he passed away.

  • Danielle March 18, 2014

    I took this for 2 months. I suffered pre diabetes, erethma nodosum, poor liver function, non pitting lower extremity edema and a weight gain from 175 pounds pre hospitalization to 235 treatment cessation (3months) this med did NOTHING to ease my symptoms, and made me worse because I became a recluse as I did not wish to leave the house for fear people would see me at this weight. The only thing the dr did was to Rx another drug Topamax to cut down my appetite. That combination, cut out my MEMORY. As of this date…. I have cut out ALLL MEDS…

  • Larry March 20, 2014

    I myself took Zyprexa for almost 2 years for severe depression. In that 2 years, I managed to go from 210 lbs to 276 and that was with me working a hard physical job every day and being very active while also maintaining a very healthy diet (not a fad diet, but just healthy eating). My depression symptoms were lessened somewhat for a very little while and my doctor just kept telling me that this med takes time to really work. Over that 2 year period, I developed diabetes type-2, fibromyalgia, severe joint pain and have been unable to work ever since. That has been six years now and my life is terrible from all these conditions which, incidentally, do NOT exist in my family at all!! I went from being perfectly healthy (aside from bipolar) to being a complete and total physical wreck. I may not be able to get my health back, but I will find some compensation for Lilly’s greed. If not for me, then for my family. They lost their “breadwinner” and my wife had to go back to work just to keep the bills paid. Thanks Lilly………..

  • Marisela Bustamante July 3, 2015

    Due to Zyprexa I gained over 50 lbs causing sleep apnea and eventually diabetes type 2 hyperglycemia, Even through diet and exercise I have developed neuropathy.

  • Dave July 7, 2015

    I from Canada Brian, and I have the same problem (gynocemastia). Did you ever put a law suit in?

  • David Driggs September 8, 2015

    I took Zyprexa as prescribed after being misdiagnosed with schizophrenia and became schizophrenic. Once stalking a business owner to their home with violent intentions(fortunately loosing them on the way). Another time threatening to play bumper cars with the other cars on the road on a CB while driving an 80,000 Lb. Semi, fortunately that time I passed a sign for Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania and God stepped in, I turned in and went to the ER.. By the way, I have never been in a fight, and I have never been in any way accused of having anger issues. Every time I reported these, and other odd incidents to the psychiatrist, I was told that we were on the right track but needed to increase the dosage. Turns out a simple psychological test (MMPI) would have proven that I wasn’t schizophrenic or bi-polar. Turns out that Zyprexa was just the wonder drug of the day. Did I mention trying to commit suicide by chewing through a vein in my wrist, that was another fun night brought to me by the wonder drug Zyprexa. Anyone know a good lawyer.

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