Berger & Montague has filed a claim on behalf of patients
throughout the country who take or have taken Abilify, an
antipsychotic drug. Multiple studies have found a possible link
between Abilify and compulsive gambling, leading Abilify users to
sue Bristol-Myers. Patients claim that Abilify caused them to
develop compulsive gambling habits, and that Bristol-Myers owes
them money as a result.
The lawsuits allege that Abilify use includes the risk of
compulsive gambling addiction, and that Bristol-Myers failed to
provide any warning of this to patients or doctors in the United
States. Additionally, the FDA has collected 30 reports of this side
effect from Abilify users between 2005 and 2013.
In 2012, the European Medicines Agency required Bristol-Myers to
include a warning on Abilify about the risk of compulsive gambling
as a side effect of the drug. Canada added a similar warning to
Abilify labels in 2015. Lawsuits claim that because Bristol-Myers
did not include these warnings on prescription information within
the United States, the drug company made much more money in the
United States compared to Europe or Canada.
The lawsuits state that Bristol-Myers is responsible for:
- Money patients lost from their compulsive gambling
- Loss of financial stability
- Mental anguish
August 2016 Serious Abilify Warning
In late August 2016, Bristol-Myers Squibb made significant
changes to Abilify's package warnings and risk alerts:
Post-marketing case reports suggest
that patients can experience intense urges, particularly for
gambling, and the inability to control these urges while taking
Abilify. Because patients may not recognize these behaviors as
abnormal, it is important for prescribers to ask patients or their
caregivers specifically about the development of new or intense
gambling urges or other urges while being treated with Abilify.
Urges were reported to have stopped when the dose was reduced or
the medication was discontinued. Compulsive behaviors may result in
harm to the patient and others if not recognized.
have an Abilify claim?
If you take or have taken Abilify, you may be able to collect
compensation for costs associated with compulsive gambling. If you
or a loved one has taken Abilify, do not hesitate to contact Berger
& Montague to speak with an attorney, free of charge. Either
call us at 800-424-6690, or fill out the form on the right to have
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