Seroquel Diabetes Side Effects were known by AstraZeneca in 2000

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted December 8, 2008


As the first lawsuits over Seroquel gear up for trial early next year, internal documents that were previously kept from the public by a Court confidentiality order have been disclosed during a recent hearing and reported by Bloomberg News. These documents suggest that AstraZeneca was aware of the Seroquel diabetes side effects as early as 2000, yet they failed to provide any warning to consumers for years.

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The documents were revealed as part of a motions hearing last week, where the Court heard challenges from AstraZeneca about the qualifications of certain expert witnesses to testify at the first scheduled case, which is set to begin February 2, 2009.

At the hearings, internal documents were disclosed where AstraZeneca’s Global Safety Officer, Wayne Geller, concluded that studies and data which became available to the drug maker very early on, provided “reasonable evidence to suggest Seroquel therapy can cause” diabetes and related conditions.

Prior to the filing of these motions, AstraZeneca made several attempts to keep documents and other information that would be disclosed at the motions hearing from public disclosure.

The documents were ultimately revealed after Seroquel attorneys for the Plaintiffs Steering Committee successfully argued that AstraZeneca was attempting to convert the litigation into something isolated and private, which failed to recognize the substantial public interest in keeping these Seroquel lawsuits public, as the litigation involves the health and lives of millions of users.

Even as the first cases selected for early trials in the litigation head to court, the Seroquel attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. continue to review and investigate new cases for users of Seroquel who have been diagnosed with diabetes or pancreatitis which may have been caused by side effects of the drug.

To review a potential claim and find out whether you, a friend or family member may be entitled to compensation, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

6 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Gary says:

    I have been on Seroquel for 2 years(100mg) daily for sleep and depression. I noticed my vision impaired and having the shakes at mid- moring, but I thought it was old age(I’m 53), and also impotence has been a problem and has gotten worse since the last two years
    I usally eat something salty when the shakes occur, thing it was too much coffee.

    Posted on January 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm

  • Rita says:

    i have a 16 year od daughter who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was paced on Seraquill 300 mg in October of 2008 in Deceber of 2008 she was diagnosed with Diabetes and was paced on Metformin 500 mg twice daily and had to be taken off the Seraquill because it ran her sugar to high before the Seraquil she was a healthy teenager i am Diabetic myself and will hate for her to have to go through what i have went through its not fair to a sixteen year old.

    Posted on February 22, 2009 at 9:48 am

  • angela says:

    i just got told i have borderline personality disorder never heard of it but i feel ive been reborn i suffered for about 13 years with major anxity and panick attacks and depression i wished i could just go to sleep but now i think alot clearer but im getting weird sideaffects like angry and my hands somtimes feel numb

    Posted on May 29, 2009 at 2:56 pm

  • Anthony says:

    Seroquel is dangerous trust me it cause me to pick up weight causing my pancreas to work overtime resulting in now a shot every meal there is no history of it in my family so to look into was my mission
    I found if you look the word seroquel the definition say it cause many defects to the body one particular (Diabetes) When I asked my doctor about it they denied it and now I have a life thearten situation, leaning and educating yourself before taking any medication is a must to me now.

    Posted on November 14, 2009 at 11:36 pm

  • C.J. says:

    I am 26 years old, and I’ve been taking Seroquel for 4+ years now. In 2006, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and am currently on 25-50mg of Seroquel (ONLY!!) and 200mg of Lamictal…While most people think that Seroquel is for sleep, it is actually, I was told, to be not only an antidepressant, but an epileptic/seizure med also!! (I had no idea, simply because I have never experienced a seizure in life thus far!!) I did NOT take my Seroquel last night for the first time in about 4 years or so, and all day today I’ve felt kind of “off”, maybe just not myself, per se…I can’t reallly explain it, but there’s been this sort of nauseated/queazy feeling in the pit of my stomach all day. Not to mention I didn’t sleep worth a darn & tossed and turned all night long. The reason for my comment is that, even after all these years, I do not believe I’ve ever asked my doctor if a person’s body will become, OVER TIME, physically dependent on this medication and I’ve since been reading and enjoying everyone’s input because it’s somewhat easing my mind a little. Thanks!! (*PS – I would NOT advise a person to not take their dose of Seroquel just because they may feel for one night as i they don’t need it….the “side effects” for lack of better termination SUCKED!!*)

    Posted on April 2, 2011 at 4:52 am

  • Rebecca says:

    I was on seroquel about years or so I have gained so much weight went from 180 to 280 I get up in middle of night I gues15s and eat what I can find and 1 night I ate cat food and milk a different night my daughter found me out side wondering I let door wide open. She got me and put me back in bed .Many night I woke up just sitting on my porch (imagine what neighbors think)

    Posted on March 13, 2022 at 12:48 pm

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