In a class action lawsuit pending in Canada over Eli Lilly & Co.’s schizophrenia drug Zyprexa, the plaintiffs will be allowed to pursue recovery of the money the drug maker made off of sales of the drug after a ruling by the Court of Appeal for Ontario denied Lilly’s attempt to limit their recovery to the damages suffered by the plaintiffs. The Zyprexa class action lawsuit seeks over $700 million against the drug maker for failing to warn about side effects of Zyprexa like severe weight gain, diabetes, hyperglycemia and pancreatitis. Zyprexa (olanzapine) is an atypical antipsychotic medication, which has generated sales of about $4.8 billion a year worldwide. In the United States, as a result of similar claims filed by users who suffered diabetes and other injuries allegedly caused by Zyprexa, Lilly has already paid over $1.2 billion to settle about 30,000 lawsuits. They have also paid millions to settle state claims, and could face fines in excess of $1 billion following a Justice Department investigation into their marketing of the drug for unapproved uses. Bloomberg News reports that in the Canadian Zyprexa class action lawsuit, Eli Lilly could face liability for enormous amounts of money with the plaintiffs able to go after the company’s sales. Louis have filed a lawsuit against Pfizer that alleges 18 children were born with birth defects caused by the antidepressant Zoloft taken by their mothers while pregnant. The plaintiffs allege that Pfizer knew of the drug’s association with birth defects but failed to warn of the danger.
If you have suffered injuries or serious side effects caused by an antidepressant you are taking, you may have a defective product liability claim. (To learn more about drug related product liability claims in general, read Nolo's article Product Liability Claims Involving Pharmaceutical Drugs.) Many antidepressants are in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors ("SSRI's"). There are numerous SSRI's and other antidepressants currently on the market, including the following: In recent years, reports of serious side effects from taking antidepressant drugs have increased, and many lawsuits have been filed against drug manufacturers in connection with the side effects of antidepressants. The focus of these lawsuits is typically a products liability claim. In a products liability lawsuit, the plaintiff seeks compensation for injuries caused by a consumer product. When the injury-causing product is a pharmaceutical drug, the most common claims are that: Depending on the specific antidepressant you are taking, there may be other possible side effects. For example, Serzone has been the subject of an FDA warning concerning possible liver damage. (Reuters) - A federal judge in Philadelphia dismissed more than 300 lawsuits against Pfizer Inc alleging that its antidepressant Zoloft caused birth defects in children born to women who took the drug while pregnant. “The court recognizes that the final scientific verdict as to whether Zoloft can cause birth defects may not be delivered for many years,” Rufe wrote. District Judge Cynthia Rufe in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said that plaintiffs had not produced enough evidence to show a plausible scientific link between the drug and birth defects, following several previous decisions that excluded testimony from key expert witnesses for plaintiffs. “Nevertheless, plaintiffs chose when to file their cases, and the court concludes that for the plaintiffs who have continued to pursue their claims, the litigation gates must be closed.” The ruling affects more than 300 lawsuits against Pfizer consolidated before Rufe in federal court. A Pfizer spokeswoman, Neha Wadhwa, said the decision “affirms that plaintiffs have failed to produce any reliable scientific evidence demonstrating that Zoloft causes the injuries they alleged.” Dianne Nast, a lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, did not immediately return a call for comment. Pfizer had previously prevailed in two trials involving Zoloft birth-defect claims in state courts in Philadelphia and Missouri. Zoloft is part of a widely prescribed group of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Plaintiffs said that the company played down the birth-defect risks of the popular drug in order to boost sales, while Pfizer denied it acted improperly and said that a number of major medical groups, including the American Heart Association, have supported its position.
Medical equipment manufacturer Stryker Orthopedics has recalled its two hip implants voluntarily. The models that were recalled were Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II as these had the same type of modular neck hip stem. There are other manufacturers such as Depuy and Zimmer that have also recalled hip replacements. The Michigan based Stryker has made over $8 billion in sales, of which 13% was contributed by the hip implants before the Stryker Hip Recall was issued. Stryker warned doctors about the potential risks associated with use of their hip implants two months before the official Stryker Hip Recall. This was in an attempt to downplay the initial fear factor that would arise when the recall was made. The problem associated with these hip implants is that the stem runs deeper into the femur bone of the leg and has a tendency to corrode. , women who took Zoloft or other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were twice as likely to give birth to a child with autism spectrum disorder. A review of medical records of more than 1,800 children, including 298 who have autism, found the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder was about twice as high among women who took SSRIs in the year before giving birth. Mothers who take Zoloft in late pregnancy can “pass along” side effects to their baby. Side effects include: persistent neonatal pulmonary hypertension, neonatal serotonin syndrome and a neonatal withdrawal syndrome. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a group of problems that occur in a newborn who had been exposed to drugs while in the mother’s womb. Suicide, worsening of depression and mania (especially in undiagnosed bipolar disorder) are among the psychiatric serious Zoloft side effects. For example these two tragic cases were attributed to Zoloft. Brynn Hartman, wife of comedian Phil Hartman, shot and killed her husband and herself while on Zoloft. Christopher Pittman at age twelve shot and killed his grandparents.
Zoloft; In recent years, reports of serious side effects from taking antidepressant drugs have increased, and many lawsuits have been filed against drug manufacturers in connection with the side effects of antidepressants. The focus of these lawsuits is typically a products liability claim. Baum Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, and Pendley Baudin & Coffin have filed a consumer fraud class action lawsuit alleging that drug.