Abilify Lawsuit Attorneys
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Abilify (aripiprazole) is a brand name antipsychotic drug predominantly used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia in adults and children ages 13 and older, although it is also used for depression, bipolar disorder, autism and Tourette syndrome. In fact, Abilify is so popular that it was the best-selling drug in 2013-14 in the United States, raking in roughly $7 billion a year since it was approved by the FDA in 2002.
And yet, at the time, the FDA didn’t really know how Abilify worked. Since it seemed to help people with bipolar disorder, they went ahead and approved it. Unfortunately, the drug has since been linked to an increased risk of developing pathologic behaviors that can dramatically impact a person’s life, such as binge eating, hypersexual behavior and compulsive gambling and spending. If you took Abilify and developed issues that caused serious financial loses or bankruptcy, or suffered professional or criminal consequences from hypersexuality, you may be entitled to compensation. At Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. our defective drug lawyers in Pittsburgh are ready to review your case and help you take action as soon as possible.
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How Abilify Works
As most antipsychotics, Abilify targets levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, which produce feelings of pleasure and motivation. According to a report from the British Journal of Psychology, it is suggested that Abilify may over-stimulate the reward system in the brain, causing a patient to develop an impulse control disorder. As mentioned before, pathological gambling has been reported in patients taking Abilify, which can have adverse effects such as:
- Significant personal debt
- Home foreclosure
- Emotional trauma
- Damaged reputation
Aside from impulsive behaviors, Abilify also has other side effects like diarrhea, stomach pains, pain in the arms and legs, constipation, headaches, chest pains, high fevers and changes in vision.
Failure to Warn Issues
Every drug has side effects, but the issue here is that the drug maker knew Abilify had the potential to cause overstimulation and compulsive behaviors, yet failed to warn patients until 2016, when the FDA required stricter labeling. As of 2017, over 400 cases were pending in federal court against Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc., the manufacturer of the drug.
Get Help With Your Abilify Lawsuit Today
If you have experienced financial losses caused by Abilify, please contact our defective drug lawyers in Pittsburgh at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. We can help you recover compensation for past and future medical expenses to treat your addiction, wage losses, gambling losses, other economic losses as the result of your compulsive behaviors, and punitive damages, if appropriate. Let us fight for you and help you get your life back on track.
Call (844) 383-0565 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.