Hersh & Hersh Leads Nationwide Litigation Concerning Zyprexa
Antipsychotic Drugs (Zyprexa and Risperdal)
Zyprexa is a drug prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar mania. Hersh and Hersh has sued the manufacturer, Eli Lilly, for injuries and death resulting from the ingestion of Zyprexa. One of the claims against Eli Lilly is that certain clinical trial data was not made available to physicians and that serious side effects, in fact, include blood glucose related disorders such as early onset diabetes. As a result, individuals have suffered from near fatal as well as fatal consequences. Yet there is no warning in the product literature to monitor blood glucose levels or discontinue use if high blood glucose is reached or if the patient develops diabetes.
Zyprexa has also been prescribed for "off label" uses including anxiety and depression. Hersh and Hersh believes that 75% of the 12 million patients who have been prescribed Zyprexa are not sufferers of schizophrenia or bipolar mania.
Risperdal and Seroquel are antipsychotic medications that the FDA has approved for use in the treatment of schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder. However, physicians have been swayed to prescribe this potentially very dangerous drug for the treatment of many other off label uses including anxiety and depression. One of the most severe side effects of Risperdal and Seroquel and other neuroleptic drugs, such as Prozac, is a disorder called Tardive Dyskinesia. Tardive Dyskinesia can be a severely disabling loss of voluntary muscle control. There is no cure for Tardive Dyskinesia.
In the past, neuroleptics such as Haldol, Navane, Prolixin, and Thorazine have been shown to have a 4%-8% per year risk of Tardive Dyskinesia. Currently, there is incomplete data regarding the risk of Tardive Dyskinesia for modern neuroleptics like Risperdal and Seroquel. However, consumers should be advised that all neuroleptic drugs have a significant risk of Tardive Dyskinesia. Hersh & Hersh is currently evaluating cases of children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with neuroleptic-induced Tardive Dyskinesia. If you have a child that has been diagnosed with Tardive Dyskinesia as a result of a neuroleptic medication such as Risperdal or Seroquel, please contact us online.