Lilly Waited Too Long to Warn About Zyprexa,Doctor Testifies
Eli Lilly , the drug maker, could and should have warned physicians as early as 1998 about the link between Zyprexa, its best-selling schizophrenia medicine, and diabetes , an expert witness told jurors Friday ...Read more
Since: Dec 06
Bangor Maine USA
#1 Mar 8, 2008
Some fast facts on the Zyprexa controversy chronicled by a patient user.
What is it? Major tranquilizer daytime sleeping pill.It acts like the 50 year old Thorazine but with less of the tardive tics,cost ten times more I paid $2.50 a pill.
How does it make you so awfully fat? Experts say they don't know for sure,my patient opinion is that it just slows you down so much,you don't burn off the calories.
(A) Year 1996 FDA approves Zyprexa for schizophrenia (at first,later on for mania) which is only about 1% and 3% of the population to lessen delusional hallucinations of schizophrenia.
The drug goes on to become Lilly's top seller at $4.2 billion a year.How does a drug with such a small patient market get to be the the world's 7th largest drug sale? Lilly denies it was promoted "off label" and pushed on doctors by thousands of Lilly drug reps for FDA unapproved usage to non schizophrenic patients like myself with PTSD.
(B) During the 4 years 1996-2000 that I took Zyprexa,Lilly is alleged to have had an ongoing cover up of critical doctor feedback,that the drug has up to a ten times greater incident of causing diabetes.Finally in 2003 the FDA requires a 'black box' warning label of these potential complications.
(C) 2006-07 Eli Lilly lawyers spin a 'promise' of a whopping $1.2 billion compensatory settlement for victims like myself who will now have a shortened zyprexa diabetic life.Lilly reports plant closings and employee layoffs in a less favorable political climate and denies that it has been poisoning for profit a mentally challenged patient group less capable of advocating for itself.
I think what has evolved is a sorta Tortoise Hare marathon race.
Lilly's old fashioned lawyers didn't anticipate the Internet and networking patient victims like myself (Tortoise) who have made thousands of pages denouncing their Zyprexa product. In the beginning Lilly handled the cases the old way with confidentiality agreements that they could stonewall.
Instead blogs forums opened up and the whole thing got out of hand.
I have sent 5 certified letters to Eli Lilly operatives including their Pepper and Hamilton law firm as far back as two years ago,asking to be included in their 'promised'$1.2 billion settlement.
I signed releases for them to contact my Doctor for my medical records,at my last Doctor's visit he informed me that he has never been contacted,(going on two years now).That's right Lilly has something like 250 lawyers and they don't even try to contest my claim? I have made thousands of pages denouncing their Zyprexa.
This is disappointing to learn that they are stonewalling my case.
Since: Dec 06
Bangor Maine USA
#2 Mar 8, 2008
In fact, a 2002 company internal memo specifically instructed its sales representatives not to discuss diabetes concerns with U.S. doctors, the newspaper reports. "We will NOT proactively address the diabetes concerns," the Times cites an internal Lilly memo as saying.
#3 Mar 11, 2008
This is Damning! For all the world to see
UPDATE 2-Connecticut sues Eli Lilly over Zyprexa marketing
Reuters - 3-11-08
"Through a complex series of illegal rackets and lies, Eli Lilly built a multibillion-dollar drug enterprise at the expense of taxpayers, consumers and patient lives.
NEW YORK, March 11 2008 (Reuters)- The state of Connecticut sued Eli Lilly and Co on Tuesday, accusing the drugmaker of illegally marketing and concealing serious side effects of its top-selling schizophrenia medicine, Zyprexa.
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who announced the suit, is seeking to recover "millions of taxpayer and consumer dollars improperly spent on Zyprexa as a result of its illegal marketing, and millions more spent for treatment of serious side effects from Zyprexa," according to a press statement from his office.
Lilly is already in court against the state of Alaska in a trial that began earlier this month in which it is facing similar accusations involving marketing and side effects associated with the antipsychotic drug.
Zyprexa, by far Lilly's biggest product, had sales of $4.76 billion in 2007, including U.S. sales of $2.24 billion.
In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Lilly is accused of promoting Zyprexa for unapproved uses, including the treatment of children, and of hiding dangerous side effects, such as increased risk of diabetes, weight gain and heart problems.
"Through a complex series of illegal rackets and lies, Eli Lilly built a multibillion-dollar drug enterprise at the expense of taxpayers, consumers and patient lives," Blumenthal said in a scathing statement.
He accused Lilly of promoting the drug for anxiety, depression and attention deficit disorder in children despite its not receiving FDA approval for those uses.
While doctors may prescribe medicines in any way they see fit, companies are allowed to promote them only for uses approved by U.S. health regulators.
"Eli Lilly adopted a sick marketing mindset: profits over patients, sales over safety," Blumenthal said.
He accused the drugmaker of corrupting doctors, pharmacies and public officials nationwide, "who easily abandoned integrity and decency for self-enrichment."
Between 1996 and 2006, the Connecticut Medical Assistance Programs spent more than $190 million on Zyprexa, according to the news release announcing the lawsuit. Millions more were spent to treat injuries caused by Zyprexa use, it said.
In January, Blumenthal said he was involved in negotiations with Lilly over Zyprexa amid published reports that a settlement with federal prosecutors was in the works. He would not confirm at the time that the talks involved settlement discussions.(Reporting by Bill Berkrot; editing by John Wallace)
#4 Mar 13, 2008
Currently suing for Zyprexa injuries. Does anyone know what the dollar amount the company is paying for those of us who are now insulin dependent diabetes? firstname.lastname@example.org.
#5 Aug 17, 2013
Naturally, I am skeptical of everything online. http://z-olanzapine.com is legitimate. I placed my first order for the smallest amount possible. It arrived sooner than expected. I didn't pay the extra money for speedy air mail. I placed another order that was much larger and it came right on time. I will definitely use this company again for even larger orders now that I trust them. They also give you discounts every time you place an order which is cool. One thing to keep in mind is if you place a larger order, they will send half in one shipment, and then the other half after that to avoid customs scrutinizing your package. I am very happy, I no longer need to pay tons of money to see a doctor and therapist (and have them tell me a bunch of stuff I already know) in order to get my medication.
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