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Zyprexa, used to treat schizophrenia, bi-polar and other mental disorders, has been linked to diabetes and diabetes related complications including coma and death.

The Quick Facts on Zyprexa

  • Zyprexa has been prescribed to over 6 million people world wide.
  • Zyprexa, manufactured by Eli Lilly. Zyprexa sales are about 40% of its $ 11 billion annual earnings.
  • Since its approval by the FDA in 1996, there have been 300 cases of diabetes and 23 deaths in patients taking Zyprexa.
  • Researchers at Duke University found abnormalities in the blood sugar of patients taking Zyprexa.
  • A study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs at Boston University and the University of Illinois at Chicago on three antipsychotic drugs, including Zyprexa, linked the drug to an increased rate of diabetes and other serious diabetic conditions, such as diabetic coma, caused by severe insulin deficiency.
  • Britain 's Medicines Control Agency warned that several patients taking Eli Lilly's top selling drug Zyprexa (used to treat schizophrenia) had developed diabetes-related complications. In the Medicine Control Agency's Current Problems newsletter, the regulatory body said that the antipsychotic drug "can adversely affect blood glucose."
  • In other countries, the Zyprexa concerns have been so great that Japan and the European Union required that diabetes warnings be added to the Zyprexa label.
  • On February 4, 2005, the Canadian law firm announced a class action against Eli Lilly & Company and Eli Lilly Canada Inc, and seeks damages of 900 million dollars .
  • On June 9th, 2005 Eli Lilly announced that it has entered a 690 million settlement agreement with plaintiffs' attorneys involved in Zyprexa lawyer liability litigation to settle most of the claims against the company relating to their Zyprexa medication.
  • On February 4, 2005, the Canadian law firm announced a class action against Eli Lilly & Company and Eli Lilly Canada Inc., the makers and distributors of Zyprexa, and sought damages for their client of $900,000,000.00 (900 million dollars).

The FDA has recently asked pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly & Co. to add a new warning to the popular schizophrenia drug Zyprexa, notifying patients that Zyprexa has been linked to diabetes and other blood sugar disorders. In a recent study, Zyprexa and two other atypical anti-psychotics that are used to treat schizophrenia, were found to cause diabetes approximately 50 percent more often than older drugs.

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