Abilify (aripiprazole) is a drug brought to market through an Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Bristol-Myers Squibb collaboration in 1999 with FDA Approval coming in 2002.
While the drug was approved to treat depression and other symptoms of psychotic conditions, it was not meant for use in those with dementia relate conditions or a majority of young people. However, in addition to being discovered that the drug was prescribed for unapproved uses, formerly undisclosed side effects have also come to light.
These previously undisclosed side effects that are caused by Abilify include:
- Compulsive spending
- Compulsive eating, excessive weight gain
- Suicidal thoughts
How Substantial Are Abilify Settlements?
As of May 2016, there have been no publicly reported settlements between plaintiffs alleging compulsive behavior as a result of Abilify and either Otsuka Pharmaceutical or Bristol-Myers Squibb.
While no settlements between victims of undisclosed Abilify side effects and the drug manufacturer have been reported, a 2007 settlement between Bristol-Myers Squibb and the U.S. Justice Department was reached for $515 million.
The settlement was paid to over 40 states and independent government agencies who claimed that Bristol-Myers Squibb illegally paid medical professionals to promote the prescription of Abilify to patients for unapproved uses and for longer periods of time than needed.
This settlement marked the beginning of lawsuits being filed against Bristol-Myers Squibb and intense investigations into the possible side effects of Abilify.
In early 2016, the FDA officially recognized and warned consumers that Abilify may cause consumers to develop destructive compulsive tendencies including compulsive gambling.
Lawsuits are now being filed in greater numbers than ever against Bristol-Myers Squibb for failing to disclose the development of compulsive behaviors as a possible side effect of Abilify. Filed lawsuits aim to win compensation for damages incurred due to Abilify side effects.
Exact estimates of settlement figures are difficult to predict. However, in looking to similar lawsuits brought against Pfizer claiming one of their drugs led to the development of destructive compulsive behaviors, settlement figures for Abilify are likely to be substantial.
Am I Eligible To Receive A Settlement From An Abilify Lawsuit?
Consumers who were prescribed Abilify for both approved and unapproved uses and suffered adverse health consequences as a result may qualify to file an Abilify dangerous drug lawsuit.
If you believe you suffered from the development of compulsive behaviors due to Abilify use, you are suggested to contact an attorney immediately to determine if you have a valid case.
Symptoms of Abilify causing the development of compulsive gambling – its most commonly cited side effect – include:
- Gaining a thrill from taking big gambling risks
- Taking increasingly bigger gambling risks
- Preoccupation with gambling
- Reliving past gambling experiences
- Gambling as a way to escape problems or feelings
- Taking time from work or family life to gamble
- Concealing or lying about gambling
- Feeling guilt or remorse after gambling
- Borrowing money or stealing to gamble
- Failing in efforts to cut back on gambling
There are strict deadlines in place that if missed can result in you being deemed ineligible to receive a future settlement. Therefore, to secure your best chances of being awarded a settlement, you should begin the legal process immediately.
Once you have contacted a dangerous drug lawsuit attorney, a medical record examination will determine if your case has met the necessary deadlines and if your case is medically supported.
If these answers satisfy needed requirements, you will become eligible to receive a settlement compensating you for Abilify damages once your Abilify dangerous drug lawsuit is filed.
Our Abilify Lawyers Can Help
Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by Abilify. Lawsuits have been filed against the drug manufacturers by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused. You may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you. Our lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
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- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-4722 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Abilify lawsuit claims.