Abilify Settlements May Be Available for Gambling Losses
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential claims for individuals throughout the United States who have suffered financial loss, family problems or other consequences as a result of gambling while taking Abilify.
Shortly after starting Abilify or increasing the dose, users have reported sudden and uncontrollable urges to gamble, or engage in other destructive behavior, such as binge eating, shopping or risky sexual activity. These side effects can have a devastating impact on an individual’s family, employment, financial security and overall quality of life.
Although the drug makers knew about the link between Abilify and gambling for years, information about the risk of impulse control problems was not provided to doctors and consumers until mid-2016. As a result of this decision to place their desire for profits before the safety and security of consumers, financial compensation and settlements may be available through an Abilify lawsuit.
To review a potential claim for yourself or a loved one, request a free case evaluation.
What is Abilify
Abilify (aripiprazole) is a widely used atypical antipsychotic medication that was introduced by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals in 2002. Amid aggressive marketing, it grew to become one of the best selling brand name drugs in the United States.
The medication is part of a class of drugs known as partial dopamine receptor agonists, and is commonly prescribed for treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorders, irritability, aggression, mood swings and other behavior issues.
Research has found a clear link between Abilify and gambling problems, leading the FDA to require a warning label update in mid-2016, urging doctors, patients and caregivers to be on the lookout for uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop or have sex.
If earlier warnings had been provided about the Abilify gambling risks, many individuals and families may have been able to avoid long-term damage and financial ruin.
Abilify Gambling and Impulse Control Risks
As early as 2009, research identified a potential risk of impulse control and gambling addiction among users of dopamine receptor agonists prescribed to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. In a small study that evaluated patients treated at one Mayo Clinic, researchers found unusually high rates of compulsive syndrome, including pathologic gambling, hypersexual behavior or a combination of the two impulse control problems.
In October 2014, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine identified a potential signal for impulse control problems with Abilify, which may result in abnormal behavior such as gambling addictions, risky sexual behavior and even compulsive shopping.
In May 2016, the FDA issued a drug safety communication announcing it was requiring Abilify to carry new warnings of the risks of compulsive behavior.
In addition, a study published in July 2017 found that Abilify only provided modest benefits for the treatment of depression.
Gambling addiction caused by Abilify side effects can have a devastating impact on an individual’s life, leading to:
- Substantial Debt
- Lost Savings
- Reputation Damage
- Severe Emotional Damage
Proper Abilify gambling warnings may have allowed individuals to avoid these destructive effects, since symptoms of impulse control problems could have been recognized sooner and linked to use of the medication.
Allegations Raised in Abilify Gambling Lawsuits
The manufacturers of Abilify placed their desire for profits before consumer safety by withholding information from users and the medical community for years.
As a result, many users experienced impulse control problems, leading to gambling addictions or other unusual behavior that has had a devastating impact on their family, employment, financial position and overall quality of life. Some of the allegations raised in lawsuits filed in courts nationwide include:
- Failure to Adequately Research the Side Effects of Abilify;
- Failure to Warn About the Risk of Gambling Addiction;
- Failure to Warn About the Risk of Compulsive Shopping;
- Failure to Warn About the Risk of Sex Addiction;
- Withholding Important Safety Information from Consumers and Doctors.
No Fees or Expenses Unless You Receive a Settlement or Recovery
Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. is a nationally known injury law firm that is focused exclusively on representing individuals, we do not represent corporations or insurance companies.
Over the course of more than 40 years, our personal injury lawyers have collected more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients in cases of medical malpractice, automobile accidents, product liability and other personal injury lawsuits.
All abilify gambling lawsuits will be handled by our attorneys on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to hire our law firm and we only receive a fee if compensation is secured for our client.
Protect your family and find out if you or a loved one may be eligible for an abilify gambling settlement. Request a free consultation and case evaluation.