A Minnesota woman who allegedly racked up a large amount of debt as a result of compulsive gambling caused by the antipsychotic drug Abilify (generic: aripiprazole) has filed a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturers.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one experienced compulsive behaviors after taking Abilify, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
October 18, 2016 – According to the lawsuit (PDF), Plaintiff Denise Miley began suffering uncontrollable urges to gamble shortly after she began taking Abilify in September 2014. Her need to gamble went away after quitting the drug in February 2015, but by that time she had already accumulated in excess of $75,000 in debt, according to the complaint.
Miley noted that between May 2009 and May 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received more than 4,500 adverse event reports associated with Abilify, of which over 2,000 were considered serious. From 2005 to 2013, FDA was aware of at least 54 reports of compulsive or impulsive behavior problems linked to the drug, of which:
- 30 involved gambling
- 12 involved impulsive behavior
- 9 involved hypersexuality
- 3 involved compulsive shopping
The suit names Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. as defendants, alleging that the companies knew or should have known about the link between Abilify and gambling, yet failed to adequately warn the public and medical community about this risk.
“Abilify is a partial and full dopamine agonist,” the lawsuit states. “Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine’s role in compulsive behavior and pathological gambling is well-known.”
Miley’s complaint was filed on January 12, 2016, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota under case number 0:16-cv-00067. The suit has since been transferred to the Abilify multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2734) in the Northern District of Florida.
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Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one experienced financial loss, family problems or legal consequences as a result of compulsive gambling while taking Abilify, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.