Eli Lilly Settled Lawsuits With over Thirty States

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Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly has apparently settled lawsuits with over thirty three states in connection with its drug Zyprexa, which is used in the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The lawsuits were filed by the states after accusations that the manufacturer had touted the drug to people that had neither of these diseases.Zyprexa has only been approved for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but according to recent reports the manufacturer tried to increase profits by trying to peddle the drug to those with milder bipolar disorder as well as those with dementia, which officials said was a violation of federal law.

Although the drug company has now settled lawsuits with thirty three states, the New York Times reported recently: “the agreement may also be a sign that a much larger deal is near in a separate but related civil and criminal investigation led by federal prosecutors in Philadelphia. In that case, Lilly is expected to pay more than $1 billion in fines and restitution to states and the federal government and may also plead guilty to a misdemeanor criminal charge related to off-label marketing of Zyprexa.” This drug comes with a high risk of contracting diabetes according to reports, and officials have said that this had made the actions of the drug company even worse, as they knew about the risks when marketing the drug for other health problems for which it had not been approved.

 

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