Abilify (sometimes called Ambilify) is one of the most important antipsychotic drugs used to treat a variety of mental disorders, such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar, and Tourette’s Syndrome. However, the drug is not without controversy. All drugs have the potential for negative side effects, but drug manufacturers must disclose known side effects to doctors and consumers. When they don’t, they can be held responsible for selling a defective product.
Dangerous Side Effects
For years, doctors and scientists in other countries have been aware that Abilify has the potential to increase compulsive or dangerous behavior. For example, many people taking the drug develop:
- Gambling addiction
- Compulsive eating
- Addictive shopping
These people had shown no prior inclination to addictive behavior before taking the drug. Interestingly, the Federal Drug Administration has been keeping track of the link between Abilify and compulsive behavior for years. In 2016, the FDA issued a safety announcement warning that drugs like Abilify could lead to “uncontrollable urges” to eat, shop, gamble, and have sexual intercourse.
What the Manufacturer Knew
Abilify is prescribed and marketed around the globe, and the manufacturer must satisfy regulators in other countries that its products are safe. In 2011, the manufacturers admitted to the European Medicines Agency that the drug had been linked to pathological gambling. The manufacturer made this disclosure a full 5 years before any American consumers were warned about negative side effects.
Instead of disclosing the dangers to Americans, the manufacturer spent tens of millions of dollars marketing the drug in this country. Without disclosing these negative side effects, the company ultimately harmed countless patients who developed uncontrollable addictions.
Legal Liability for Selling a Defective Product
All products sold must be reasonably safe. If they are not, then they are defective, and the manufacturer is responsible for paying compensation to injured victims. This area of law is complicated, and an attorney will need to review all the facts before determining whether you have a valid legal claim.
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