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Zyprexa Class Action Lawsuit Certified

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On Friday, a federal judge certified a Zyprexa class action lawsuit for a group of “third party payors” who allege that Eli Lilly committed fraud by selling their anti-psychotic drug at high prices, while exaggerating its benefits and understating the Zyprexa side effects.

Zyprexa was introduced by Eli Lilly in 1996 as a miracle drug for treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It quickly became one of the pharmaceutical company’s best sellers, with annual sales of $4.8 billion by 2007.

The class action involves insurance companies, labor unions, pension funds and other companies who made payment toward Zyprexa prescription costs for users. Eli Lilly has already paid about $1.2 billion to settle thousands of Zyprexa lawsuits from individual users who suffered severe weight gain and diabetes from the medication.

Eli Lilly also faced criminal investigations for their marketing practices, which encouraged sales representatives to promote Zyprexa off-label for uses that were not approved by the FDA.

U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein, from the Eastern District of New York, only certified the class action for a narrow group of claims involving the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, and not claims those under state laws. The class certification also only includes payments or reimbursements for Zyprexa prescriptions administered between June 20, 2001 and June 20, 2005, although the plaintiffs had sought reimbursement for claims relating to Zyprexa as early as 1996.

The Judge’s order also unsealed hundreds of confidential documents produced by Eli Lilly as part of the Zyprexa litigation filed by users. Although Eli Lilly sought to keep the public from learning about the contents of the documents, Judge Weinstein indicated that the public’s right to be informed about contents of these documents outweighed Lilly’s interest in confidentiality.

“Public access is now advisable because this litigation involves issues of great public interest, the health of hundreds of thousands of people, fundamental questions about our system of approval and monitoring of pharmaceutical products, and the funding for many health and insurance benefit plans,” wrote Judge Weinstein in a 295 page decision.

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15 comments

  1. Daniel Haszard Reply

    Zyprexa has generated a lot of bad press for Eli Lilly and they still have unresolved Zyprexa settlement claims.
    Eli Lilly is ‘reaping the whirlwind’ for aggressive marketing of Zyprexa that has caused suffering and deaths.

    Daniel Haszard Zyprexa patient who got diabetes from it.

  2. Saithia Reply

    I’ve read that eli lilly is settling with 32 states. But my attorney haven’t told me anything. What are they trying to do ? Line their pockets with my money from my injuries. It’s already bad enough that my doctor says that zyprexa didn’t cause my diabetes. Also, being rediculed for my weight gain by family members that think they know it all. What can a person do when they have no-one standing by them? Family is waiting for me to get my money but being degraded by one every time I turn around. Eli Lilly should be paying more than what they have stated. And, I feel the Bush family, FDA and anyone working for/have worked for eli lilly to pay.

  3. Robert Reply

    Since begining use of Zyprexa, have suffered severe weight gain of more than 50 pounds and waist increase of 8 inches. Now a candidate for diabetes. Cannot seem to control weight gain.

  4. Toim Reply

    I was put on Zyprexa and for only 4 months, but it was enough to blow my weight sky high and give me diabetes which has irreversiblly changed my life

  5. William Reply

    I would just like to vent my frustration about Zyprexa why is there no legal representation for poor people like myself who became terribly disabled from taking Zyprexa for years not only do I have a severe neurological problem from this drug but now I have to be tested for Diabetes symptoms. This is outrageous where aremy legal rights and whee are tese attorneys wo are supposed to care and represent me against this drug company who made billions off tis drug and ended up making people like m very sick and disabled!! I am just furious at this crap.

  6. sonjia Reply

    i am very disgusted with pharmeceutical companys that profit off people who take any medication that causes health issues and death.my mother was put on zyprexa and she gained an enormous amount of weight and then got diagnosed with diabetes.my mother suffered from neuropathy ,diabetes and unexplained renal failure in 2005. it took me one year to get her to walk on her own again and then all of a sudden in the year 2006 without any notice, my mother passes away in her sleep. shortly before she passed away, she had participated in a lawsuit against eli and lilly. when she passed on, i took over her claim and just got news in 2007 that eli and lilly settled. we are still waiting for the courts to sign off on death cases for the zyprexa claim. no amount of money is going to bring my mother back to me. im angry with all pharmaceutical companys that are only in it for the profit and not the well being of a missed and loved family member.!!

  7. spirit hawk Reply

    back in 1999, i was placed on zyprexa, which i faithfully took because it was prescribed by a doctor. after going from 168lbs to 280lbs in a short time and in a few short few years i was diagnosed with diabetes.had i known that this drug was going to give me diabetes, they couldnt shove that drug down my throat with a bulldozer. when i had seen on television an ad, telling of the dangers and that i could be able to recieve a monetory award for my pain and suffering , i quickly contacted a lawyer. that was 3 and half years ago. in decenber of 2009 the lawyer sent me a letter saying that the case was setteled on march 17th of 2009. acorrding to the information on the web, they recieved millions of dollars in awards, of which i was entitled to only 8,000.00 dollars after expenses. i probably will never see any money. BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS. THERE IS A CURE FOR DIABETES. I TOOK IT OVER A YEAR AGO AND HAVE BEEN DIABETES FREE SINCE. I AM GOING TO SELL THE CURE OVER THE INERNET, AND WILL PUT A BIG DENT IN ELI LILLYS POCKET. there are crooked lawyers lining thier pockets off of the the most weak and vulnerable. they are the scum of the earth. we were the guinie pigs, given a drug which was never tested, if you know someone who has diabetes , no matter how they got it, tell them of ths letter. it just may save thir life. spirit hawk helena montana.

  8. Steve Reply

    What are the parameters for a claim and who do I speak to?…..Pretty discusted with what I’ve gone through….

  9. Dawn Reply

    I also would like to know how do I go about filing a claim?
    I was on Zyprexa & gained WAY TOO MUCH weight from this medication. This was given to treat Bipolar & Depression. Which in return made me more depressed as the pounds piled on.

  10. mike Reply

    i was on zyprexa and geodon, ive never had diabeteze, but after taking theses drugs i come up with type -2 and almost died, i need a lawyer and ive been looking, the ones that had the case in pensacola wouldnt help me and ithink they need too be sued, if anybody can help, i take the pill and the insulin.

  11. keith Reply

    i took geodone for 2 days and almost died, i couldnt breath for hours and had stroke like conditions

  12. SStevens Reply

    My son, 39 years old, on Zyprexa having increased hostility and has developed hyperglycemia, taking medication to lower his blood sugar. I can not get through the team of people taking care of him to have his doctor take him off this drug. It is very disturbing that anyone with a wt. problem to begin with would be put on this medication. He was placed on this medication at a local hospital and then it continued at the State hospital he was transfered to. He was in a fight with another patient and had to be transfered to the local ER for stitches in his upper inner lip and mouth. This all caused his mental illness to worsen. After reading all of the warnings and information from a friend who is a nurse in mental health, I am taking my son back to his old doctor who treated him for the last 15 years with no major hospitaltions. My son has been hospitalized 3 times in 6 months. He had not been hospitalized in the past 10 years prior to these episodes.

  13. Rocky Reply

    I saw ads for Zyprexa in the lobby of this psychiatrist’s office. It sounded like a miracle drug addressing every symptom I had. I didn’t know a salesman had taken the entire staff from this office for an expensive dinner at a high class restaurant, and they of course were motivated to use this drug. I asked the psychiatrist to put me on it, and
    he did without any discussion of adverse effects. The year 98-99. I
    gained 50 lbs the first month and became diabetic. I was so out of my mind, I didn’t know what was going on and continued to take the drug hoping to get better. A caseworker finally led me into the psychiatrist’s office and told him to take me off of the poison. I owe her my life. I never lost the weight and have struggled with it ever since. I am now above the numbers for normal blood sugar. That stuff was poison, and I have done everything to alert people. No one apologized for what harm it caused me. I have always wanted to join a class action suit, but never had a computer till 2008, and I still haven’t found out how to join a suit or if it’s too late. I hate those
    marketeers at Eli Lilly with a passion, since I read the story of how they were pushing the drug as a panacea for mental illness. The stuff is poison. It should have been taken completely off the market
    by 2000. There is very little justice in matters of corporate greed and deceit in America. What they did was criminal. Many young people died from the poison. The psychiatrists who accepted gratuities to push the drug are responsible as well, though I haven’t
    heard of one losing anything, including sleep, over it. Filthy!

  14. Mike Reply

    I was prescribed zyprexa after Katrina for the scits they thought I had. I took it for about 2 months until i said im not taking another pill. And it’s sad how I’m just finding out about the lawsuit. Even to this day I still get those facial twitches, and I’m just finding myself again. I have many questions email me with help please.

  15. John s Reply

    Eli Lily got fined 4 billion dollars yes that’s 4 billion The reason why is because they’re lying about everything lied to the whole world $$$ they made over $40 billion in less than 10 years and they should be FINED even more reason being is because they sell insulin to the people who got diabetes they’re making money hand over fist either way they win anybody to take Zyprexa lost big even knowing they got a check most people got to check how do use that money to pay for their diabetes problems insulin and getting your feet amputated prosthetics on your feet senators congressman and other high-ranking officials will be notified reason being my insulin alone is 8 Grand a month many people just like me Medicaid or Medicare is the only way I could afford it my other insurance drop me like a bad habit they were laughing all the way to the bank when they got rid of me $$$$$$$$$ I have many friends that are Senators congressmen don’t like Eli Lily getting away with ripping off the American people many billions of dollars should be paid out to Medicaid Medicare because of the high cost of all the health problems Zyprexa caused and Eli Lily have made so many billions of dollars it’s un freaking real $$$$$$$$$$ Eli Lilly brags about that they settled cases very little compensation getting diabetes most people put a gun to their head pull the Trigger $$$$ Eli Lily is worth 92 billion most of that because the Zyprexa they just laugh all the way to the bank then don’t give a shit about people that got Zyprexa problems you got a problem that’s your freaking problem !!!!!!! People out there write to your Senators congressmen and try to get the word out how many poor people have to suffer before Eli Lily gets it all they’re going to write a statement I’m sorry they’re too busy in there Learjet’s going around the world on bloodmoney $$$$$&$$$

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