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Zyprexa linked to Diabetes, Hyperglycemia
Zyprexa (olanzapine), prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar mania, has been linked to serious side effects. These Zyprexa side effects reportedly include diabetes mellitus, hyperglycemia, pancreatitis and increased risk of suicide. According to some lawsuits, Eli Lilly, maker of Zyprexa, allegedly knew about the link between Zyprexa and diabetes but failed to adequately warn the public about that risk.
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Zyprexa Diabetes and HyperglycemiaEli Lilly & Co. is accused of heavily promoting Zyprexa as a safe and effective drug for psychotic disorders, while virtually concealing the risks of side effects from doctors and from the patients themselves. In a recent lawsuit, the courts agreed with lawyers representing consumers, finding that prior to 2003, Eli Lilly did not properly disclose risks and known side effects of Zyprexa.
With worldwide distribution to thousands of consumers, Zyprexa's side effects were considered such a risk that in 2002, both the Japanese Health and Welfare Ministry and the Great Britain Medicines Control Agency issued emergency warnings concerning Zyprexa and diabetes-related complications.
According to The New York Times (January 5, 2007), in 2007, Eli Lilly agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle 18,000 lawsuits alleging patients developed diabetes or other serious side effects after taking Zyprexa. By early 2007, according to the newspaper, Lilly had agreed to pay at least $1.2 billion to approximately 28,500 people who alleged the use of Zyprexa caused them harm.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning label in 2003 for all atypical anti-psychotic drugs to include the risk of hyperglycemia. Currently, Zyprexa is still approved as safe and effective. Patients should be aware that it could be dangerous to stop taking the medication, especially abruptly, and should talk with their physicians to decide whether the benefits outweigh the risks of taking Zyprexa.
Zyprexa Legal HelpIf you have or a loved on has taken Zyprexa and suffered from diabetes or hyperglycemia, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a Zyprexa class action or lawsuit. Click the link below to send your Zyprexa complaint to a lawyer for a free Zyprexa case evaluation.
Last updated on Jan-2-14
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