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Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim for Taking Abilify

Do I have a personal injury claim for taking Abilify? If you are asking this question, it is probably because you or a loved one has suffered harm from taking this medication, and you would like to receive fair and just compensation for the harm you or your loved one has suffered.

Abilify is a brand name for the drug aripiprazole. Abilify was developed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical in Japan. Abilify has been marketed as a joint venture with Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Bristol-Myers Squibb in the United States.

Abilify is what is known as an “atypical” antipsychotic. It works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain. Abilify blocks dopamine receptors in the brain. It is not as likely to cause involuntary body movements as some other antipsychotic medications, but they can take place.

Psychotic conditions

Abilify is prescribed for treating the symptoms of psychotic conditions like bipolar disorder (manic depression) and schizophrenia. Together with other medications, Abilify is used in the treatment of major depressive disorder in adults. Abilify was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat schizophrenia in 2002, bipolar disorder in 2004 and major depressive disorder in 2007.

In addition, Abilify has also been prescribed for children who are 6 years of age and older. It has been prescribed to treat irritability and symptoms of mood swings, temper tantrums, aggression and self injury related to autistic disorder in children.

However, there have been problems and controversies regarding Abilify. Otsuka Pharmaceutical says, “an increased risk of stroke and ministroke have been reported in clinical studies of elderly people with dementia-related psychosis.” Otsuka also admits that “Increases in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) can happen is some people who take Abilify.”

Settle lawsuit

In 2007, Bristol-Myers Squibb paid over $500 million to settle a lawsuit regarding Abilify that was brought by the Department of Justice and whistleblowers. Kickbacks were given to doctors by Bristol-Myers Squibb in order to encourage them to prescribe the drug. These kickbacks were paid luxury vacations and consulting fees.

There are several potential side effects that have been associated with Abilify. These include:

Metabolic disorders, such as diabetes and hyperglycemia (too much sugar)
Thoughts of hurting yourself
Seizure (convulsions)
Urinating less than usual or not at all
Feeling like you might pass out
Sudden weakness or numbness
Severe headache
Rapid heart rate
Difficulty with balance, vision or speech
Jerky muscle movements you cannot control.

There is a “black box” warning on the label of Abilify that there is an increased risk of death in elderly people who take the medication.

Once again, you or your loved one may have suffered harm from taking Abilify and would like to receive fair and just compensation for that harm. The process of receiving the compensation that you or your loved one deserves is usually difficult, long and complicated.

The wise thing to do is to talk to a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. A personal injury attorney will advise you as to whether you have a personal injury claim for taking Abilify.

Article written by James Shugart

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