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What You Need To Know About The Abilify Class Action Lawsuit

For the past 15 years, aripiprazole (brand name Abilify) has been prescribed by doctors to treat a range of mental illnesses and disorders, from schizophrenia to depression. The antipsychotic drug, which is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb, was one of the top-selling drugs in 2014, when it was prescribed to almost 8.8 million Americans for $6.9 billion in sales.

But while studies have shown that Abilify may help treat a range of mental health conditions, there is mounting evidence that the drug may also cause a number of serious side-effects, including compulsive behavior and harmful, uncontrollable urges.

Currently, Abilify is prescribed to treat:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depression
  • Tourette syndrome and tic disorders
  • Autism-related irritability
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

In addition to compulsive behavior, common side-effects of Abilify include headaches, lightheadedness, weight gain, anxiety, restlessness, sleep disturbances, nausea, and vomiting.

If you or a loved one have been adversely affected by compulsive behavior, such as compulsive gambling, and you believe these behaviors may have been caused by Abilify, we want to hear your story. Contact Sweeney Merrigan Law today for more information about Abilify, defective drugs, and the Abilify class action lawsuit.

The Connection Between Abilify and Compulsive Behavior

Abilify works by activating dopamine receptors in the brain, which in part serve to regulate feelings of pleasure, motivation, and reward. While Abilify can help treat psychotic issues, it can also result in compulsive behavior that has never before been seen in the patient in question.

This uncontrollable behavior can include:

  • Compulsive gambling.
  • Compulsive eating and binge eating.
  • Shopping addiction and uncontrolled spending.
  • Sex addiction and hypersexual activity.

Having these overwhelming urges and engaging in these compulsions can have devastating effects, including:

  • Financial losses. Suffering from compulsive gambling or shopping can destroy a lifetime of careful saving and planning. In addition, patients may need funds to treat their addictions and compulsions and to enter into recovery.
  • Harmed health. Compulsive eating or hypersexual activity can have severely damaging affects on your health, from weight gain, sleep apnea, and high blood pressure to sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Loss of quality of life. Uncontrollable actions and compulsive behaviors can affect your career, your relationships, and everything about your daily life.

Why File An Abilify Lawsuit?

There are three central reasons for filing an Abilify lawsuit:

  • To receive compensation for your losses. Suffering the consequences of compulsive behavior can be financially, personally, and emotionally devastating. If your gambling addiction was the result of your Abilify prescription, the drug company may owe you compensation for damages under the law.
  • To hold the drug company responsible for their actions. One of the functions of defective drug lawsuits is to punish guilty parties for their negligence and warn other parties that the consequences of incorrectly distributing, manufacturing, or marketing a drug are very serious. A lawsuit can help correct behavior by making the guilty party pay punitive damages to its victims.
  • To prevent future harm. Lawsuits aren’t just about justice, they are also about making our futures better. By bringing issues about Abilify to the forefront, we are making certain that others won’t suffer in the same way that you and your family did.

Abilify Lawsuit Timeline & Drug History

  • November 2002: Abilify (aripiprazole) was approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
  • May 2016: The FDA released a safety warning that Ability had been linked to compulsive behavior and addictive behavior.
  • August 2016: Bristol-Myers Squibb updated the Abilify warning label to include information about the drug’s possible side effects related to compulsive behavior, especially gambling addiction.
  • October 2016: Abilify defective drug cases related to compulsive gambling were consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida under Judge M. Casey Rodgers.

We Want To Hear Your Abilify Story

We know how devastating compulsive behavior can be to every facet of a person’s life. We also know that pharmaceutical companies have a legal obligation to let patients know about all possible side effects of the drugs they are taking.

If you have suffered significant losses due to compulsive behavior caused by Abilify, you may be owed compensation. Contact our legal team today to learn more about your case and your best options for legal action during a private, confidential, and free consultation. Schedule today by filling out our contact form or calling (617) 391-9001.