Abilify Lawsuits Allege Gambling, Shopping, Binge Eating And Other Compulsive Behaviors After Taking Antipsychotic Medication.
Abilify gambling lawsuits could see it’s first trials by years end. To prepared for these trials, the federal judge managing the Abilify complaints has appointed a settlement master for the litigation. Wright & Schulte notes there are currently more than 60 Abilify gambling lawsuits pending in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida in Pensacola. The Abilify lawsuits allege the antipsychotic medication causes impulse control disorders including gambling, shopping, binge eating, and sex. (In Re: Abilify (Aripiprazole) Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2734)
“Settlement masters are appointed by the court to meet with both parties to discuss potential settlement of pending cases,” says Wright & Schulte LLC, a national law firm that successfully represents men and women who suffered injuries due to harmful drug side effects, defective medical devices and other products.
The firm continues to offer no-obligation Abilify case evaluations to individuals and their families who believe they have suffered significant financial losses due to impulse control problems linked to the antipsychotic drug. For more information you can visit our website at www.yourlegalhelp.com or to speak with an attorney call 1-800-399-0795 to learn more about your potential legal recourse.
U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued a court order on March 1 referring plaintiffs and attorneys for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., which manufactures Abilfy, to a settlement conference with the court and Settlement Master Cathy Yanni. The MDL’s Joint Settlement Committee recommended Yanni who has been involved in a variety of class actions and mass torts including transvaginal mesh and Yaz birth control claims. Judge Rodgers appointed Yanni on February 28 via a separate court order. According to the March 1 order, Judge Rodgers is willing to conduct the settlement conference in Tallahassee if it’s easier for the parties. (In Re: Abilify (Aripiprazole) Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2734)
Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2002. The medication is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s disorder, and irritability associated with autistic disorder. Aripiprazole is in a class of drugs called partial dopamine receptor agonists and works somewhat differently than other medicines in its class, according to the FDA. Most atypical antipsychotics more fully block dopamine receptors in the brain, while aripiprazole only partially blocks the activity of these receptors.
In May 2016, the FDA warned that patients who use Abilify Maintena, Aristada, and generics reported having uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop and have sex. The behaviors stopped when the medication was discontinued or when the dose was reduced. As a result, the FDA added new warnings about compulsive behaviors to the drug labels and patient Medication Guides for all aripiprazole products. [fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm498662.htm]
Abilify gambling lawsuits pending in the federal court in Northern Florida assert Abilify was defectively designed or manufactured, and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb, which markets the drug, knew or should have known about the gambling and other compulsive behaviors associated with Abilify and failed to adequately warn consumers. According to court documents, Judge Rodgers intends to hold a hearing in July to hear oral arguments on whether Abilify causes compulsive behavior disorders and make a decision on the issue by the end of summer. Judge Rodgers also directed the parties to work up six Abilify cases as she wants to hold at least one trial before the end of the year. (In Re: Abilify (Aripiprazole) Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2734)
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