Abilify FDA Warning
In May of 2016, the FDA announced that it will require Bristol-Myers Squibb to add new warnings to the Abilify (aripiprazole) label about the increased risk of compulsive gambling and other compulsive behavior.
“Although pathological gambling is listed as a reported side effect in the current aripiprazole drug labels, this description does not entirely reflect the nature of the impulse-control risk that we identified.” – FDA Safety Alert on Abilify, May 2016
According to the FDA, the rare, but serious, impulse control problems cease after an individual stops taking Abilify. The FDA recommended that health care professionals make patients and caregivers aware of the risk of uncontrollable urges when prescribing Abilify. Specifically, doctors should ask patients about any new or increasing urges while they are being treated with aripiprazole and closely monitor for new or worsening compulsive urges in patients at higher risk for impulse-control problems.
Why File an Abilify Gambling Lawsuit?
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company had an obligation to inform the public about harmful side effects associated with Abilify. In this case, both companies failed to inform consumers about the compulsive behaviors associated with Abilify.
Abilify’s label makes no mention of compulsive gambling. As a result, patients taking the drug are unknowingly being exposed to serious risk, while Abilify sales continue to bring in billions for Bristol-Myers and Otsuka.
How Do I File an Abilify Lawsuit?
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman is prepared to file cases on behalf of individuals who suffered serious gambling losses while taking Abilify. To find out if you may be eligible to file an Abilify lawsuit, follow these three easy steps:
- Contact an Abilify Attorney at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman – You can learn more about filing an Abilify gambling lawsuit by calling us toll free at 800-827-0087, or you can fill out the case review form on this page.
- An Attorney Will Provide You With a Free No Obligation Case Consultation – During this free case consultation, our attorneys will review the circumstances of your claim and determine if you are eligible to seek compensation by filing an Abilify lawsuit. During this time, we can answer any questions you may have related to your claim.
- Decide Whether Filing an Abilify Lawsuit is the Right Decision For You and Your Loved Ones – Talk to your family about whether filing an Abilify lawsuit is right for you. Even after we review your case and agree to represent you in your Abilify lawsuit, you are under no obligation to file a claim. You decide whether or not to proceed.
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U.S. Abilify Warning Label Now Includes Compulsive Gambling
September 26, 2016
In an effort to address concerns about the link between the drug and compulsive gambling, the makers of Abilify added “pathological gambling” to the language of the ‘Postmarketing Experience’ section on the drug’s U.S. label in January of this year. What the drugmakers did not do at the time, however, was mention gambling in the ‘Warnings and Precautions’ section of the U.S. label or in the patient medication guide, both of which are far more likely to be viewed by consumers.
The Abilify warning label in the U.S. now states that patients can experience “intense urges, particularly for gambling, and the inability to control these urges” while they are taking Abilify. The latest Abilify warning also notes that gambling urges ceased when dosages of the drug were decreased or use was discontinued. Patients may not be able to recognize these behaviors as abnormal, according to the label, so doctors are advised to ask patients or caregivers about gambling urges.