Nationwide, users of Abilify (aripiprazole) claim that using the drug resulted in unintended behaviors – for example causing them to display intense and uncontrollable urges to gamble, engage in sexual activities, binge eat or shop to excess.
Abilify is used to treat certain personality disorders such as major depressive disorder, irritability associated with autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
Hundreds of Abilify users are suing the manufacturer, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, and its marketer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, claiming insufficient warning of Abilify’s link to causing impulsive gambling and betting, outcomes that cost patients thousands of dollars. Plaintiffs allege that the manufacturer was aware of the impulse control problems with the drug and did not fully disclose that.
Plaintiffs also allege the drug was defectively designed and manufactured. The suits have been consolidated in US District Court for the Northern District Of Florida. Otsuka Pharmaceutical is a Japanese company with its corporate headquarters in Tokyo.
Antipsychotic/psychotropic medications have also reportedly been linked to other serious side effects including blood sugar disorders. They are also linked to a risk of harm to newborns. The FDA reports it has received 184 reports of the drug being linked to impulse-control problems.
What does the US Food and Drug Administration say about Abilify:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that compulsive or uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop, and have sex have been reported with the use of the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada, and generics). These uncontrollable urges were reported to have stopped when the medicine was discontinued or the dose was reduced. These impulse-control problems are rare, but they may result in harm to the patient and others if not recognized.
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. In addition, we have become aware of other compulsive behaviors associated with aripiprazole, such as compulsive eating, shopping, and sexual actions. These compulsive behaviors can affect anyone who is taking the medicine. As a result, we are adding new warnings about all of these compulsive behaviors to the drug labels and the patient Medication Guides for all aripiprazole products.”
What are the side effects of Abilify?
Uncontrollable compulsive behaviors such as binge spending, eating, shopping, sex, or gambling. There also are reports of blood sugar disorders.
Why are people filing Abilify lawsuits?
Victims allege they were not warned of the risks of compulsive behaviors and that some users have spent thousands of dollars due to spending or behavior binges while on Abilify.
What types of damages could I recover from using Abilify?
- Current, past and future medical expenses for treatments or injuries resulting from Abilify.
- Any past, present or future physical or emotional pain and suffering that results from the use of Abilify.
- Any wage or income losses attributable to Abilify use.
- Recovery of other economic losses attributable to Abilify use.
- Other damages that are appropriate.