Aripiprazole, more commonly known by the brand name Abilify, is one of the most prescribed antipsychotic medications in the country. While many users find the drug helps them control symptoms of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, others have reported a concerning increase in compulsive behavior to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). In fact, the manufacturers of Abilify and other brands of the medication now face lawsuits alleging the drugs led users to engage in compulsive gambling.
If you began exhibiting more compulsive behaviors while taking this drug, an Abilify and compulsive gambling lawsuit lawyer can help you explore your legal options—including holding the pharmaceutical company liable for your losses. Call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, today to schedule a time to talk to one of our attorneys. We have someone standing by to take your call at 713-850-8600. We offer free case evaluations for those who took the drugs in question, and we handle every case on a contingency basis. You owe us nothing until we recover a payout on your behalf.
How Can Abilify Cause an Increase in Compulsive Behavior?
Compulsive behaviors are a known side effect of Abilify and other medications containing aripiprazole. Some of the most common compulsive behaviors linked to these medications include gambling, hyper-sexuality, shopping addictions, and binge eating. Abilify and related drugs work as treatments for mental health conditions because they can control how certain neurotransmitters work in the brain. However, the changes that prevent symptoms of these mental health conditions can also lead to compulsive gambling and other impulse-control issues.
Those who use these medications may experience impulse control problems without recognizing them as a side effect of their medication. Some go months or even years trying to manage a gambling addition that has cost them thousands of dollars, yet it never occurs to them that Abilify is causing this new compulsive behavior. This is especially true for those who have a history of compulsive behavior, a past addiction, or a pre-existing gambling habit.
How Can I Take Action If Abilify Caused My Compulsive Gambling?
If your doctor prescribed an aripiprazole medication and you developed a gambling problem or other compulsive behavior, you may be eligible to file a claim against the drug manufacturer and recover compensation for your damages. Our personal injury attorneys can help.
We will conduct a thorough investigation to obtain evidence that your gambling habit is directly related to Abilify. We will also uncover proof that you did not receive an adequate warning, either from your doctor or the product manufacturer, that this drug could pose a danger. Then we will file a lawsuit requesting the full value of your damages.
Your damages may include your gambling-related losses, the cost of any psychiatric treatment or counseling you underwent to treat your addiction, pain and suffering damages, punitive damages, and other related expenses.
What Actions Has the FDA Taken Regarding Abilify?
The FDA issued its first safety communication regarding Abilify on May 3, 2016. According to this communication, those who take aripiprazole should pay close attention and monitor their behavior to look for signs of any impulse-control issues. The FDA issued this statement after receiving numerous reports of impulse control issues, compulsive behaviors, and gambling addictions. Some of these reports date back several years.
At the time of the warning, the drug manufacturer already listed pathological gambling as a possible side effect of aripiprazole. According to the FDA, however, this inclusion did not go far enough. Instead, the FDA wanted to ensure users understood the risks of taking a medication that could cause impulse control issues, including compulsive eating, shopping, and sexual actions.
By taking a stand and saying the original warning on the drug label was not strong enough, the FDA offers significant leverage in our case against the pharmaceutical company. This action confirms the FDA believes there is a significant link between the drug and pathological compulsive behaviors, and that the drug companies were not providing an adequate warning to those who used the medication.
What Is the Current Status of Other Abilify and Compulsive Gambling Lawsuits?
Currently, there are hundreds of lawsuits pending against Abilify manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb. They allege the pharmaceutical company failed to issue an adequate warning about the risk of compulsive gambling associated with the drug. Currently, these lawsuits are part of multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida for discovery and pretrial proceeding. Some of the plaintiffs taking on the drug company lost thousands of dollars because of their gambling and other compulsive behaviors.
This is not the first legal trouble Bristol-Myers Squibb has encountered due to Abilify. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice ordered the company to pay more than $515 million for promoting an off-label usage of the drug and engaging in other fraudulent behaviors. An off-label usage is one the FDA does not condone.
Bristol-Myers Squibb has also agreed to pay out $19.5 million in a December 2016 settlement over Abilify marketing. In this case, the drug manufacturer made false or misleading claims about Abilify and rewarded health care providers for prescribing the medication.
If your doctor prescribed Abilify or a similar medication and you developed an impulse-control issue or gambling addiction while taking it, you may be eligible to file a claim and join the ongoing litigation. We can offer a free case review, explain the viability of your claim, document all your gambling losses and other damages, and help you file a lawsuit against the makers of this drug. We can help you hold the drug manufacturer responsible for the damages Abilify has caused in your life. Contact us as soon as possible so we can get started on your case.
How Can I Reach an Abilify and Compulsive Gambling Lawsuit Lawyer?
If you believe Abilify caused your compulsive gambling, we can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve. We can hold the pharmaceutical manufacturer liable for the financial and emotional damages you suffered, and score reimbursement for your losses. Call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, today at 713-850-8600 to schedule a time for your free case evaluation.