The Villages Abilify Lawyer
Abilify is a prescription medication commonly used to treat a number of psychological conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Although the drug is widely prescribed, it comes with an unexpected risk: The medication may increase addictive behavior among users.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that Abilify could lead to compulsive behavior, including excessive gambling, eating, shopping and sexual activity. In recent years, state and federal regulators have also obtained settlements from Bristol-Myers Squibb and others behind the drug for misrepresenting information and pushing abilify for “off label” purposes.
Florida defective drug lawyer Tim Babiarz helps people harmed by Abilify and other medications, as well as those injured in accidents. He is well known as an aggressive litigator and accomplished negotiator who has a track record of success for the people he represents.
Call (352) 205-7599 or contact us online for a free consultation with a The Villages Abilify attorney.
Abilify and Addictive or Compulsive Behavior
The FDA in 2016 issued a warning letter linking Abilify to addictive behavior. The agency cited more than 180 reports of Abilify users exhibiting impulse-control issues, often shortly after beginning treatment with the medication.
The FDA noted in the warning that the makers of the drug had listed pathological gambling as a potential side effect, but did not adequately describe the extent of the risk. The agency said some of the 180 reports involved instances of compulsive eating, spending; and sexual behavior.
Bristol-Myers Squibb and marketing partner Otsuka appear to have compounded the problem by pushing the drug for unapproved “off label “ use. The companies have paid tens of millions of dollars to settle investigations by state and federal regulators that they unlawfully marketed the product for young children and older adults with dementia.
A number of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of Abilify users who say they were harmed by the medication.
The suits allege that Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka failed to warn prescribing doctors of the risk of compulsive behavior that comes with the drug. They also say the company pushed doctors to prescribe the medication for unapproved uses.
Anyone who has exhibited compulsive behavior after taking Abilify has the right to pursue similar legal action. Legal options include joining together with other people harmed by the drug in a single lawsuit. An experienced defective drug attorney can help you understand your rights and options.
The Villages Abilify Attorney Tim Babiarz Can Help
The Villages Abilify lawyer Tim Babiarz has been fighting for clients injured through no fault of their own for decades. He is dedicated to helping the people that he represents hold drug companies accountable by getting clients the full compensation available.
Our office is conveniently located in The Villages. We are also proud to represent clients throughout Central Florida, including Ocala, Leesburg, Lady Lake, Wildwood, Summerfield and beyond. Call (352) 205-7599 orcontact us online to schedule a free consultation.