Sunday, December 17, 2006

Does Zyprexa cause diabetes-related adverse events?

In another chapter in the legal issues concerning Lilly's Zyprexa, the New York Times has publicly disclosed documents provided to the newspaper by a lawyer for patients suing the drugmaker, which suggest that the company told sales representatives to minimize its own published data, which show that 30% of Zyprexa users gain 22 pounds or more after a year on the drug. A few gained 100 pounds or more.

In a statement published Dec. 17 on Lilly's website, Steven Paul, the company's executive vice president of science and technology, said the documents, which include e-mails, scientific reports and marketing materials, "do not accurately portray Lilly's conduct."

The FDA has said using atypical anti-psychotics — the class of drugs that includes Zyprexa — is associated with an increased risk of high blood sugar, but it has stopped short of saying they cause diabetes.

[through USAToday]

As pointed out earlier on IPBiz,

In the context of continuing medical education (CME), lecturing doctors can answer questions about off-label uses, although they cannot initiate discussion of off-label uses. Thus, in the past, if someone asked about using modafinil for ADHD, the lecturing doctor could respond.


Blogger Danny Haszard said...


Zyprexa off label promotion scandal is all over the news now.
Lilly drug reps are alleged to have called their marketing ploy,"Viva zyprexa".

Eli Lilly zyprexa cost me over $250.00 a month supply out of my own pocket X 4 years and has up to ten times the risk (over non users) of causing diabetes and severe weight gain.

Zyprexa which is only FDA approved for schizophrenia (.5-1% of pop) and some bipolar (2% pop) and then an even smaller percentage of theses two groups.
So how does Zyprexa get to be the 7th largest drug sale in the world?
Eli Lilly is in deep trouble for using their drug reps to 'encourage' doctors to write zyprexa for non-FDA approved 'off label' uses.

The drug causes increased diabetes risk,and medicare picks up all the expensive fallout.There are now 7 states (and counting) going after Lilly for fraud and restitution.
I was ordered to take it beginning in 1996 for my PTSD for 4 years more,it was useless for my symptoms.Lesson shouldn't give a major tranquilizer like zyprexa which makes you 'sleepy' to a hyper-vigilant patient.

There is a clinical difference between hyper-vigilant and harmful aggression.
Only 9 percent of adult Americans think the pharmaceutical industry can be trusted right around the same rating as big tobacco.

Daniel Haszard

8:02 AM  

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