Drugmaker, AstraZeneca is breathing a little easier after the London-based company had two lawsuits over its antipsychotic drug Seroquel dismissed. A trial was set to start February 2, but U.S. District Judge Anne Conway in Orlando, Florida said the two cases “just didn’t meet the standards” to go to trial, a report says.
The plaintiffs in these cases, Linda Guinn and David Haller couldn’t prove that the drug led to their diabetes, the judge found. 61-year Guinn said she developed diabetes in 2006 and gained about 40 pounds after taking the drug for four years. She was seeking about $54 million in damages, including $42 million in punitive damages.
Her attorney says he will appeal both cases. And waiting in the wings are about 9,000 other lawsuits involving more than 15,000 plaintiffs who all claim the antipsychotic drug caused diabetes.
These cases are consolidated before Judge Conway who says that ex-Seroquel users can continue to use the theory that the drug led to their diabetes.
The dangerous antipsychotic drug is increasingly given to teenagers and the elderly off-label, driving growth for the company. It may be time for those affected by the prescription drug to get in touch with a Seroquel injury attorney.
In teens, Seroquel has been used to treat depression, autism and hyperactivity. In the elderly, it is frequently used for dementia and insomnia. It is approved for schizophrenia, and in October 2008, the company won approval to use the extended-use version to treat bipolar disorder.
AstraZeneca was required by the FDA to warn doctors of the risk of diabetes from Seroquel in September 2003, but there is evidence that AstraZeneca knew as early as 2000 that patients could be harmed, but failed to warn either doctors or patients.
AstraZeneca saw a spike of $3 in value to its stock upon the news of the lawsuit dismissal. Seroquel is the company’s second biggest seller after Nexium and generated more than $4 billion in sales in 2007. The company vowed to fight each and every case that comes down the pike.
With this aggressive attitude expressed by a drug company over a questionable prescription medication, a defective prescription drug lawyer at Farah & Farah will need to adequately examine your case to see how you can protect your rights. Call our office today at 1-800-533-3555 for a free consultation.