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Abilify Lawsuit Lawyer | Compulsive Gambling, Eating, Spending Behaviors

The Abilify lawsuit claims the manufacturers of Abilify failed to warn doctors and patients that the drug could cause compulsive behaviors, such as gambling, shopping, eating and sex. As of May 2018, more than 800 lawsuits are pending in federal court against the Abilify manufacturers.

Abilify Lawsuit Lawyers, Shamis & Gentile, P.A. is accepting clients who took Abilify and began experiencing compulsive casino gambling, excessive shopping and binge eating behaviors.

Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Bristol-Myers Squibb, the manufacturers of Abilify, are accused in court proceedings of negligence in the design of Abilify, and hiding evidence from the government and public of the increased risks of patients’ developing compulsive urges.

Court documents state the two drug makers failed to properly test Abilify, exaggerated the benefits of the drug, and encouraged physicians to use the medication for purposes not approved by the FDA (such as, anxiety disorders, dementia, eating disorders, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder).

Abilify Lawsuit Key Legal Issues

  • The Abilify manufacturers failed to warn doctors and patients of the link between Abilify and compulsive behaviors.
  • The Abilify manufacturers hid evidence from the government when getting FDA approval.
  • The Abilify manufacturers convinced doctors to prescribe Abilify for non-approved uses.

In 2016, the FDA issued a warning that it had reviewed 184 cases linking Abilify to compulsive behaviors, such as gambling, sexual behavior, shopping, eating, and impulse-control issues.

The addictive behavior was found to start almost immediately upon a patient taking Abilify and stop once the patient switched to another medicine.

The obsessive behavior caused by Abilify is such that the person develops an uncontrollable urge to perform an act (such as, gambling), and cannot resist the desire. The person will continue to do the act even if it’s causing him or her personal, social and financial injuries.

Abilify Side Effects

The use of Abilify can cause addictive behaviors. Patients can’t stop performing these acts even though they desperately want to stop, and the acts are causing them harm. It appears that Abilify affects a patient’s dopamine level, which then influences the individual’s feelings of pleasure.

The most common side effects caused by Abilify include: anxiety; blurred vision; constipation; dizziness; drooling; drowsiness; headache; lightheadedness; nausea; restlessness; trouble sleeping; and weight gain.

Some patients have experienced high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) while taking the medication. Diabetics should check their blood sugar levels on a regular basis.

Pre-teens have been found to occasionally experience suicidal thoughts when taking this type of medication. Therefore, family members should carefully monitor children while taking Abilify.

Taking Abilify during pregnancy may cause issues with the newborn, such as withdrawal symptoms, breathing difficulties, and feeding problems. However, you should not stop taking Abilify without first speaking with your treating doctor.

Compensation in an Abilify Lawsuit

If you have experienced more than excessive gambling related losses caused by Abilify, then we will be seeking the following damages for you:

  • Past and future medical expenses to treat your addiction.
  • Past and future mental pain and suffering that results from the addiction, such as losing family, friends, employment and finances.
  • Wage loss, if any.
  • Gambling losses, if any.
  • Other economic losses you might have sustained as a result of your compulsive behavior.
  • Punitive damages, if appropriate.

As of May 2018, more than 800 lawsuits were pending in federal court against the manufacturers of Abilify by individuals who claim to have experienced compulsive behaviors because of the drug. The cases are being heard by Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers in the Northern District of Florida.

Will My Abilify Lawsuit Case be Handled as a Class Action

A class action is a type of lawsuit where a few individuals represent the interest of many other individuals. The court rulings are binding on all persons who are considered a member of the class action. All class members are required to accept the settlement approved by the court, even if an individual class member is going to receive little or no compensation.

This is not the type of litigation that our Abilify attorneys will be pursuing for our clients. Instead, we represent each individual based on his/her specific circumstances, and evaluate the recovery for each client based on his/her facts. Each of our clients always has the option of settling or not settling his/her case.

Abilify Lawsuit Fees & Costs

Our lawyers provide absolutely free confidential consultations, and if we are fortunate enough for you to hire us, we never will charge you any fees or costs unless you first recover.

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To contact us for a free consult, you can call us at 305-479-2299. You also can request a consultation by filling out a contact us form on this page which will be immediately reviewed by one of our Abilify Lawsuit Lawyers.

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