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Seroquel Illegal Marketing Case Settled for $520 Million


This is a settlement for the Seroquel lawsuit.

Washington, DC: A $520 million settlement has been reached with AstraZeneca and the US Justice Department, which will bring to an end federal investigations into the marketing practices for the company's blockbuster antipsychotic drug Seroquel.

The UK-based pharmaceutical company will also sign a corporate integrity agreement with the US federal government that relates to the marketing of Seroquel for off-label or unapproved indications, the New York Times reports.

AZ faced accusations of misleading patients and doctors about the effectiveness of the schizophrenia medication, and the associated risk for diabetes in particular. The aggressive marketing practices resulted in the drug being prescribed to treat children and elderly people for unapproved indications. Side effects including death and rapid weight gain in children prompted warnings about using the drug to treat elderly patients with dementia.

The settlement makes AZ the fourth pharmaceutical company in three years to admit to federal charges of illegal marketing of antipsychotic medications. However, the company still faces a reported 25,000 civil suits brought by patients who allege the company did not adequately disclose the health risks associated with the drug.

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Published on Apr-27-10


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Its very frustrating and frightening to find out that a drug is slowly killing you, organ by organ, and continuosly causing life threatening diseases(diabetes, severe weight gain, blindness, etc.) What's even more heart breaking and alarming is how these big pharmaceutical companies corrupt the attorneys and legal system and forcing you to accept very small and ridiculous settlements and signing of any possible attempt to recover for other related and and serious illnesses and diseases derived from taking these medications. Please send me information on reputable and non prejudicial attorneys that handle lawyer and medical malpractice. I have been seriously injured and in death threatening danger with no one I can trust to defend me for all of the damages these companies and their medications have caused me.



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The anti-psychotic caused her weight gain and a severe loss of ability to stay awake or alert. Continued use over almost 5 years created a dependency and fear of psychosis if the drug were to be withdrawn. She was effectively forced into an addiction to an expensive drug that Medicare heavily subsidized.

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