Zyprexa: Another Dangerous Drug That Was Over Marketed

Eli Lilly has been the target of 29,000 lawsuits because of a controversial drug that the company failed to disclose dangerous side effects. In addition to the individual claims, at least eight states have sued the company on behalf of their Medicaid health programs for the indigent, alleging Lilly concealed risks and marketed the drug for unapproved uses.
Studies have shown that Zyprexa and other, similar medications known as atypical antipsychotics are associated with weight gain and an increased risk of diabetes. These studies prompted the FDA to require Lilly and other drugmakers to warn doctors of the risks in September 2003 and again in March 2004.
Zyprexa (olanzapine), manufactured by Eli Lilly, is the brand name of a drug used to treat schizophrenia, acute, mixed, or manic episodes of bipolar disorder. It was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996. Studies have shown that Zyprexa has a dangerous side effect ie. an increase in the occurrence of diabetes mellitus type II associated with usage. This has proven to be fatal in a number of patients. Zyprexa side effects include diabetes, pancreatitis, hyperglycemia, ketoacidosis, extreme weight gain, diabetic coma, Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, and death.
• Zyprexa has been prescribed to over 6 million people world wide.
• Since Zyprexa’s approval by the FDA in 1996, there have been 300 cases of diabetes and 23 deaths.
Zyprexa Side Effects
• Fever
• Stiff muscles
• Confusion
• Sweating
• Fast or irregular heartbeats
• Spasmodic muscular movements
• Sudden headache
• Problems with vision, speech or balance
• Increase thirst, frequent urination, excessive hunger or weakness
• Unusual thoughts or behavior
• Hallucinations
• Suicidal thoughts or thoughts about hurting yourself