Filing a Zyprexa lawsuit may be an option available to those who have been injured by this defective drug. A Zyprexa lawsuit is a civil suit filed on behalf of one or more people who have suffered damages as a result of Zyprexa side effects. A Zyprexa lawsuit is filed against the makers of this drug, Eli Lilly, who have known for years that Zyprexa causes deadly side effects. Through a Zyprexa lawsuit, a Zyprexa victim can seek retribution for related medical expenses, loss of income or earning potential, disability, and psychological suffering.
A Zyprexa lawsuit can be filed by those who have suffered injuries as a result of Zyprexa use. The most serious side effects that are caused by Zyprexa include diabetes and related complications like hyperglycemia, ketoacidosis, pancreatitis, coma, and death. These Zyprexa side effects can develop at any point during Zyprexa treatment, but most commonly develop within the first six months of treatment.
Eli Lilly and the FDA have known about the risks associated with Zyprexa for years, yet have largely underestimated or failed to publicly address these dangers. Experts allege that both the FDA and Eli Lilly had knowledge of serious Zyprexa risks before this drug was even approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in the United States. One report states that two thirds of all pre-marketing clinical trial participants were unable to complete the study due to serious Zyprexa complications. This information was not made available to the public and the drug was approved to treat millions of patients despite side effect dangers.
The Japanese and British governments acknowledged the diabetes related risks associated with Zyprexa use more than one year before the FDA chose to officially acknowledge Zyprexa risks.
In 2002 Duke University published a study which documented nearly 300 cases of Zyprexa-emergent diabetes. Of these 289 cases of treatment related diabetes, one hundred Zyprexa users also developed ketoacidosis, a serious complication of diabetes. Twenty two patients also suffered pancreatitis, a condition that causes extreme inflammation of the pancreas and can lead to fatality. Of the cases documented in the Duke study, more than twenty people died as a result of Zyprexa side effects.
It took the FDA and Eli Lilly more than one year to publicly acknowledge these risks and strengthen the warnings on Zyprexa product information. Strengthening drug warning labels to include information about diabetes related risks has helped inform consumers but it has done nothing to adequately protect them from developing these potentially fatal Zyprexa side effects.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Zyprexa side effects, please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced attorney about your rights and legal options in a Zyprexa lawsuit.
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