Skip to comments.Eli Lilly Settles Prozac Lawsuit
Posted on 12/02/2002 11:11:09 AM PST by Nov3
Lilly settled the case last week for an undisclosed amount. The lawsuit, which sought $4.84 million in tangible damages, had been scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.
The complaint was filed two years ago by Diane Cassidy and her husband Melvin. In July 2000, the Monroeville, Pa., couple picketed outside Lilly's Indianapolis headquarters, handing out fliers proclaiming, "Lilly, how many people are maimed or dead on your drug today?"
The overdose caused intracranial bleeding, which left Cassidy paralyzed on one side and mentally impaired, according to the lawsuit.
The Cassidys were represented by Houston trial lawyer Andy Vickery, who has negotiated settlements of several Prozac cases against Lilly.
Lilly said in a statement that it "made a business decision to settle ... for factors completely unrelated to the safety and efficacy of Prozac," The Indianapolis Star reported in a story Saturday. "Such factors included the extensive time demands that litigation would have placed upon our scientists, keeping them away from their primary objective of discovering lifesaving medicines."
Also last week, a new Prozac lawsuit was filed against Lilly in U.S. District Court in Georgia.
It raises a new claim that has not been raised in previous lawsuits over Prozac, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1987 and went on to become Lilly's top-selling drug.
The Georgia wrongful-death lawsuit alleges Lilly failed to publicize research showing some people are "poor metabolizers of Prozac," and a test can reveal if a patient might be affected.
That lawsuit, in which Vickery is assisting the plaintiff, was brought by William H. Shell, the widower of LaVerne M. Shell. She shot herself to death at age 63 in November 2000, 11 days after starting on a prescription of Prozac to treat migraine headaches.
The lawsuit says that a human enzyme dubbed CYP2D6 normally metabolizes or breaks down Prozac and similar drugs in the body, but fails to do so in a minority of people. In their bodies, the active ingredient in Prozac builds up to high levels, putting them at risk of violence and suicide, the lawsuit says.
Lilly spokesman Blair Austin said that company officials had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment on the new allegation.
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I don't know about all that but the new Eli Lilly commercial that says you might be Bipolar and does not attempt to market any specific drug is telling. They are trying to lay the groundwork to blame the cases of mania, mayhem, and murder at the feet of an unreported manic problem. It is strange that these people are just depressed and have never had manic symptoms before they started the SSRI's? When they stop the SSRI's they don't have any manic symptoms? Only when they are on the drug do they have manic symptoms. It must be the person is manic and not being caused by the drug. Logical right?
I would love to see what Eli-Lilly documents the plaintiffs lawyers got during discovery. I will bet those documents are covered by a major non-disclosure agreement.
One to watch....interesting that there was no history of depression mentioned here. Bet this case never sees a courtroom.
Thx for the ping.
Hell no it won't. I bet there is a body of evidence out there that is incredible showing just how much Lilly knew early on about the "side effects" of this drug. I would be very interested to read the results of the studies that Eli Lilly commisioned and spiked because the results did not come out the way Lilly told the researcher to have them come out! (Those researchers don't get any more lucrative drug research if they don't play ball)
The Eli Lilly commercial; have you seen it?
When doctors prescribe medications, they typically only have a person's self reporting to go on. This makes people who suffer from depression take a moment and reflect on their overall behavior, thus giving themselves a chance to give a more accurate report.
But then again, people cry and moan about the FDA getting in the way of using drugs for purposes other than which they were intended (ie, aspirin to treat heart attack victims). Well, this is why.
Paxil, OTOH, is the shortest acting. Half-life is less than a day, which is the reason so many interdose withdrawal problems have been reported for it.
Or, more logically, there are issues that come up when the drug starts lifting the depression. Depression dampens the energy needed to do a lot of things. Certainly suicide is something taking initiaitive.
Sooooo, after marketing this drug for how long now????? They all of a sudden are putting this commercial out to the PUBLIC????? What about the denial to doctors and everyone that mania is a significant side effect of their drug for 10+ years. Oh that's right it is a preexisting condition. How handy.
They aren't talking about preexisting conditions here! What this commercial is saying is if your go wild on this drug tell your doctor. Of course the mania from Prosac is a wonderful feeling until you wake up with your credit cards maxed out, remembering that you slept with a half of a dozen different guys in the previous week, and have acted totally out of character. Eli Lilly is not selling a drug here (which is what they do), it is not a public service announcement; it is damage control. They are now settling these cases out of court (which they did not do for years) because there is a damning body of evidence out there that they don't want in front of a jury.
These bastards are on the run after years of denying and hiding what their drug has done to some people. they could have been up front and not marketed it to everyone from 5 year olds to PMS sufferers, to geriatrics, but instead they said it was a cure all and hid the damage. I hope they reap what they sow.
Yeah that is the ticket. How about fact that FROM THE BEGINNING Lilly should have been recomending a mood stabilizer if this was the case!
This drug is a godsend for some but Lilly has hidden the side effects to market their biggest money maker to EVERYONE.
I am glad nothing happened to you while taking this drug. That has not been the case for several near me.
I've argued your position. My 10 year old son was prescribed paxil for extreme anxiety. We worked with a therapist for more than 2 years before trying the medication. One week after a dosage increase he was manic and trying to kill himself at school.
Luckily all we suffered was incredible fear and upset as the child was hospitalized for two weeks. He suffered major humiliation as this happened at school.
I want the truth. I want to know if the drug companies knew their meds could produce mania in patients who are not bi-polar, and if they have lied about it.
I was willing to take a risk. As far as I understood it, the risk was 1%.
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