Bristol-Myers Squibb has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle claims of improper advertising relating to its top-selling drug Abilify. 42 states and Washington D.C. alleged that the company improperly advertised antipsychotic drug Abilify, first approved in 2002 by the FDA to treat schizophrenic in adults. However, Bristol-Myers Squibb thereafter began promoting Abilify for off-label uses not approved by the FDA. These off-label uses had not been established as safe or effective.
Abilify is Bristol-Myers Squibb’s top-selling drug, earning the company $6.4 billion in 2013 alone. Accordingly to Medscape, more than 8.8 million Abilify prescriptions were written in 2014, the most recent year for which such figures are available.
As noted by Law360, “Each state received hundreds of thousands of dollars, with some getting $1 million or more. The eight states that were not part of the case or settlement are Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.”
Abilify Dangers and Abilify Gambling Risks
In addition to these instances of improper Abilify drug marketing, in May 2016 the FDA issued a formal warning that the use of the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada, and also used in generic versions of the drug) has been linked to compulsive urges which can lead to uncontrollable gambling, among other addictions. These rare but serious impulse-control problems reportedly stop when the medicine is discontinued or markedly reduced in dosage.
Abilify users who suffered extreme and debilitating debt from their Abilify-linked gambling addictions can file lawsuits against Abilify’s manufacturer to recover their losses and seek help with their ruinous debts and related psychological distress. Lieff Cabraser represents Abilify patients in litigation alleging claims including Strict Liability, Negligent Misrepresentation, and Fraudulent Concealment, and seeks damages for neuropsychiatric, mental, physical, and economic damages, as well as punitive damages.
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If you or a family member have suffered losses from compulsive gambling you think may be linked to Abilify use, we welcome the chance to talk with you. In addition to potentially helping you with your Abilify related losses, learning of your experience can help others suffering from Abilify’s depravations. Please fill out our brief contact form to start the conversation, or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 for help getting recompense for your Abilify gambling compulsions.