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Montana Targets Lilly in Zyprexa Lawsuit

- March 28, 2007

Montana is the seventh state to sue the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly over the company's blockbuster antipsychotic Zyprexa. The lawsuit cites fraudulent marketing practices and is seeking reimbursement for Medicaid prescriptions and patient harm.

Lilly has recently settled more than 28,000 Zyprexa lawsuits for a reported 1.2 billion over claims that the drug caused serious side effects such as high blood sugar and diabetes.

However, the company is still facing as many as 1,300 additional claims as well as lawsuits filed by Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Mexico, Alaska, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Montana's Complaint

The complaint filed in Montana claims that Lilly “instructed its representatives to minimize and misrepresent the dangers of Zyprexa, affirmatively and consciously placing company profits above the public safety.”

Zyprexa is FDA approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but the company is accused of promoting the drug for a variety of off-label purposes including depression, autism, and dementia.

Federal law allows doctors to prescribe drugs for uses that aren't FDA approved, but does not allow pharmaceutical companies to market their drugs for these purposes.

According to Montana's lawsuit, Lilly employed a 280-person sales force “to promote Zyprexa exclusively for off-label uses, specifically for long-term-care facilities to maximize off-label use of Zyprexa sales.”

The company is currently facing a federal probe into its marketing practices. In the meantime, Montana is seeking unspecified damages related to prescription costs and harm done to patients.

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  Whether or not Zyprexa and similar atypical antipsychotic drugs are linked to diabetes is a question that will be answered in the Zyprexa lawsuits that have been filed. Patients have reported deadly instances of Zyprexa side effects. There are 288 reported cases of Zyprexa diabetes cases, including 23 deaths. Zyprexa maker Eli Lilly has enjoyed large success with Zyprexa, with the drug currently the world’s top selling schizophrenia medication. The Zyprexa side effects causing Zyprexa lawsuits may begin slowing the company’s current financial success. For more information on Zyprexa side effects contact us.
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Notable Zyprexa Study Conclusions
Recent evidence suggest a link between newer class of antipsychotics (such as Zyprexa) and diabetes

Most studies linking Zyprexa and diabetes are case reports

Zyprexa is associated with a clinically important increased risk of diabetes.
After adjustment for relevant risk factors this association is significant

Doctors giving treatments should consider the metabolic consequences of Zyprexa<

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