Millions of Americans are prescribed Abilify (aripirazole) for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar and depression each year. Patients use the medication hoping it will enable them to lead productive and stable lives, unaware that researchers have linked this same drug to compulsive behaviors like binge eating, sex, shopping and pathological gambling. The urges are so strong, users cannot stop their obsessive actions without professional assistance.
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Who can file an Abilify lawsuit?
Compulsions and addictions affect more than just the person taking Abilify. The plaintiffs in Ability lawsuits include individuals who suffered direct harm, as well as spouses or dependents who suffered indirect harm as the result of the Abilify side effects their loved one exhibited.
Contact a personal injury attorney if you or a loved one has suffered side effects such as:
- Uncontrollable thoughts involving constant planning to obtain funds for gambling
- Gaining 20+ pounds within months of taking the drug as the result of uncontrollable binge eating
- Overwhelming sexual thoughts, feelings and urges that did not exist prior to using the drug
- Pathological need to shop and spend money
Users report onset of symptoms shortly after taking the drug and generally resolved upon cessation.
Is there a deadline for filing an Abilify gambling lawsuit?
Every state has its own statute of limitations for filing a product liability lawsuit. For instance, in the state of Nevada, plaintiffs have up to four years to file. The clock starts ticking from the time of discovery, not necessarily the date the patient was prescribed Abilify or stopped taking the drug. Since the law can be confusing, it’s best to seek a free case evaluation from an attorney as soon as possible.
Abilify class action lawsuit
While a class action has not been formed, Abilify lawsuits have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings in the Northern District of Florida under Chief Judge Casey Rodgers (MDL-2734). As of November 2016, there were 42 Abilify cases pending in federal district court. The first lawsuits were filed shortly after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration published a May 2016 safety alert that warned: “Although pathological gambling is listed as a reported side effect in the current aripiprazole drug labels, this description does not entirely reflect the nature of the impulse-control risk FDA identified.”
Average Abilify lawsuit settlement
Following the creation of MDL-2734, we can expect the scheduling of several bellwether trials, which will expose the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of the debate. Depending on the outcome of these cases, the drug manufacturer and marketer may opt to offer the remaining plaintiffs a settlement or continue to fight for dismissal of the claims.
Potential damages may include:
- The cost of medical treatment
- Loss of income
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Generally speaking, the more substantial the losses, the greater the awards. However, there must be substantial evidence directly linking the drug with these losses. In our experience, the strongest claims have been documented and can be verified by a medical professional. Also useful are supporting testimonies verifying that the psychological issues suffered after using Abilify were not there prior to use of the drug. Our legal experts have been working hard to compile all the independent studies, internal documents, and FDA records that point to a connection between Abilify and compulsive behavior.
More questions about an Abilify lawsuit? Speak with a lawyer today
Robert J. Bonsignore’s team of skilled trial lawyers has presided over numerous cases with judgments exceeding $350 million. We have argued before federal and Supreme courts, bringing in a diverse network of experts and professionals to substantiate our clients’ claims. We know how to keep a case moving and work tirelessly to obtain the maximum compensation allowable by law, never accepting a settlement offer that is less than our plaintiffs deserve.
We work on a contingency basis, meaning that you pay nothing for our legal services unless the case resolves with money in your pocket! Contact Bonsignore Trial Lawyers at 1-888-461-8710 to explore your legal options.
Abilify lawsuit for gambling: resources
- JPML – Pending Lawsuits http://www.jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/Pending_MDL_Dockets_By_District-October-17-2016.pdf
- TIME – FDA warns antipsychotic drug can cause compulsive sex and gambling http://time.com/4317182/abilify-aristada-aripiprazole-sex-gambling/
- FDA – Safety Alert http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm498823.htm