Cases & Investigations

Abilify Lawsuits for Compulsive Gambling

PRODUCT: Abilify

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.

About the Case

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 Updates

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.

Do You 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 an attorney contact you.

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