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What They Knew

The FDA approved Abilify in 2002. In May 2015, the FDA published a safety announcement stating that Abilify is linked to several “compulsive or uncontrollable urges” including compulsive gambling. On May 4, 2016, the FDA required that Abilify have a new warning label listing the potential for these hazardous behaviors.

When They Knew It

In the early stages of testing Abilify, doctors recognized that hypersexuality, a form of compulsive behavior, was an adverse effect of patients who took this medication. However, the warning label never alerted patients to this potential problem. Additionally disconcerting is that in October 2012, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – which is like our FDA – added a warning label to Abilify to reflect the potential for pathological gambling. Even Canada added this warning to Abilify labels before the United States in November 2015.

Countless patients around the world have been reporting that after taking Abilify, they had an uncontrollable urge to gamble.

  • In March 2010, a 64-year-old women who was taking 15 mg of Abilify reported that she couldn’t stop gambling or over-eating.
  • In December 2010, a study was published that found a link between how mutant HTR2B (a receptor that Abilify effects) increases impulsive behaviors.
  • In January 2016, Nicholas T. Meyer filed a lawsuit against Bristol-Myers Squibb which caused him, “harmful compulsive behaviors including compulsive gambling [and resulted] in substantial, financial, mental, and physical damages.”

What Can You Do

If you took Abilify and had a gambling problem after taking this medication, you may be able to receive compensation. You and your family may have experienced stress and suffering as a result of this destructive compulsive behavior and have accumulated bills or were forced to take time off of work because of it. There was a minimum of 3 ½ years where Bristol-Myers Squibb knew that their drug could cause uncontrollable urges, and yet they never warned doctors or patients of these horrible adverse effects. Contact us today to see if you qualify to make a claim.

Abilify Warnings In The News

BREAKING (5/30/18): Abilify and Gambling: The Truth Behind the Prescription

For patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, just performing daily activities to live a normal life seems like a dream. Many times, medication seems like the best option to help individuals with mental disorders which has made Abilify one of the most popular drugs on the market. However, the FDA has published a safety communication that states that Abilify is linked to uncontrollable behaviors including compulsive gambling. Here’s what you should know before you or a loved one starts taking prescription Abilify.

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BREAKING (5/1/18): First Abilify Case Set for Trial Settled Out of Court!

 

Recently, the first Abilify case against Otsuka Pharmaceuticals & Bristol-Myers Squibb set for trial settled out of court. Learn more about what this means–get info on Abilify, the link between Abilify usage & compulsive gambling & the implications of these early, bellwether Abilify cases.

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5/3/16: FDA warns about new impulse-control problems associated with mental health drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada)

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.

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2/17/17: Revealed: the Prescription Drug for Depression That 'Drives Users to Binge on Sex, Gambling, Shopping and Food'

It’s one of the most profitable drugs in America that is supposed to treat depression.But hundreds of users claim it has driven them to binge on gambling, sex, food and shopping. Abilify, the antipsychotic drug, has been accused in hundreds of lawsuits for causing compulsive behavior, especially gambling. And now patients are demanding answers from the makers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), accusing them of hiding the ‘life-ruining’ side effects.

A woman, who spoke to FOX31 on the condition of anonymity, was prescribed Abilify for depression in 2008. She said things took a downward spiral soon afterwards. ‘Eventually, I was asked to leave my parents’ house because I couldn’t stop gambling,’ she said. The mother-of-two ended up losing custody of her kids and possession of her house to her gambling habit. Living in Las Vegas at the time, the woman said she never was tempted to gamble until she started taking the drug.

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2/17/17: Revealed: the Prescription Drug for Depression That 'Drives Users to Binge on Sex, Gambling, Shopping and Food'

It’s one of the most profitable drugs in America that is supposed to treat depression.But hundreds of users claim it has driven them to binge on gambling, sex, food and shopping. Abilify, the antipsychotic drug, has been accused in hundreds of lawsuits for causing compulsive behavior, especially gambling. And now patients are demanding answers from the makers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), accusing them of hiding the ‘life-ruining’ side effects.

A woman, who spoke to FOX31 on the condition of anonymity, was prescribed Abilify for depression in 2008. She said things took a downward spiral soon afterwards. ‘Eventually, I was asked to leave my parents’ house because I couldn’t stop gambling,’ she said. The mother-of-two ended up losing custody of her kids and possession of her house to her gambling habit. Living in Las Vegas at the time, the woman said she never was tempted to gamble until she started taking the drug.

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5/4/16: FDA Issues New Abilify® Warning

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new warning that links the use of Aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada) with compulsive or uncontrollable urges such as binge eating, excessive shopping, gambling, and an increase in sex drive. Abilify® users reported that these behaviors stopped when the medicine was discontinued or the dose was reduced. Cory Watson Attorneys is representing hundreds of Abilify® victims nationwide.

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Filed Abilify Complaints & Damages

1/25/16: Meyer V. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Defendants’ drug Abilify harmed Plaintiff, having caused harmful compulsive behaviors including compulsive gambling, resulting in substantial financial, mental, and physical damages. Defendants knew or should have known that Abilify, when taken as prescribed and intended, causes and contributes to an increased risk of serious and dangerous side effects including, without limitation, uncontrollable compulsive behaviors such as compulsive gambling.

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Abilify Tied To Compulsive Gambling

Countless people have reported overwhelming compulsions to gamble after taking Abilify.

If you had no prior obsessive behavior and began gambling soon after taking Abilify, you could be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Call 1-877-466-2000 now to find out.

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Our in-house legal counsel, Matthew J. Daher, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah and his law degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law. Matt has devoted his entire practice to civil litigation, and has spent his career representing the rights of individuals who have been injured by pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical malpractice, defective products, and motor vehicle accidents. As in-house counsel for Periscope Group, Matt leads our internal legal team and liaises with our external partners.

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Do You Have an IVC Filter? Here’s What’s Happening in the News

This month IVC (interior vena cava) filters have been in the news quite a bit lately as lawsuits are settling and more claims are being filed. If you or a loved one has an IVC filter, here are the important updates that you should know about this controversial medical device.

Do You Have an IVC Filter? Here's What's Happening in the News

The Problems Linked to IVC Filters

For those who are at risk for blood clots and are unable to take blood thinners, IVC filters are placed in a large vein called the interior vena cava. The filter is made up of several metal prongs that connect at one end (almost like the frame of a closed umbrella). The hope is that the device will catch any blood clots and prevent them from traveling to the heart or lungs where it could cause extensive damage or even death.

The problem with the filter is that reports have been made to the FDA stating that the device can move causing it to puncture the interior vena cava. This device may also have prongs break off causing the pieces to migrate to other parts of the body creating excruciating pain and putting patient health at risk.

Lawsuit Finds in Favor of Patient with IVC Filter

Just last month an Indiana woman went to trial and won her case against IVC filter manufacturer Cook Medical. 53-year-old Tonya Brand of Snellville, Georgia, had an IVC filter surgery in 2009 and in 2011, a prong from her filter had migrated and pushed through the vein and the skin of her thigh. Other parts had also broken off and migrated throughout her body but are unfortunately unable to be removed. After deliberating for 11 hours, the jury decided that Brand should receive $3 million to help pay for the financial hardships that her injuries have caused.

This is a landmark verdict for patients who have had similar problems with their IVC filters; this is the first case where it was decided that this kind of device has a defective design. This is also the highest monetary compensation that has been awarded for this type of case (a Texas state court jury awarded $1.2 million against Cook Medical in a failure to warn case in 2018).

Upcoming Case to Watch

The newest and most notable lawsuit concerning IVC filter injuries was filed on February 26, 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. This case is said to involve a woman from Missouri who was injured by the G2® Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. The crux of this case is based on the issue that C.R. Bard sold a defective medical device and failed to warn about safety risks. Currently, there are 6,300 actions pending in this case. This means that instead of taking each filed lawsuit to trial, the verdict of this case will help to determine the outcome and compensation of the thousands of similar cases brought against C.R. Bard.

Should You File a Claim?

There are now over 9,000 IVC filter lawsuits pending against IVC filter manufacturers Johnson & Johnson, Cook Medical, Cordis Corporation, Rex Medical, C.R. Bard, B. Braun and more. Clearly, hundreds of thousands of people had their lives put in jeopardy and thousands suffered from the terrifying effects of their broken filters. Profits were put before people and if you were injured, you should consider filing a claim to receive financial compensation due to high medical bills, lost wages, and other monetary hardships that you had to endure.

If you had an IVC filter placed in your body between 2005 – 2017 and had it break or migrate, call Periscope Group today at (800) 511-3838. We want to hear your story.

 

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“Indiana Jury Awards $3M in IVC Filter Lawsuit”. Legal Scoops. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://www.legalscoops.com/indiana-jury-awards-3m-in-ivc-filter-lawsuit/
“Indiana Jury Awards $3M in Cook IVC Filter Bellwether Trial”. Yahoo! Finance.  Accessed March 13, 2019. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/indiana-jury-awards-3m-cook-040408228.html

 

Study Finds 45% of Mesh Implant Patients Develop Autoimmune Disorders

Surgical mesh is often used in hernia repairs and in American women for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (it’s illegal in other countries to treat gynecological issues). These medical devices have been linked to complications due to mesh erosion which can cause migration, organ perforation, bleeding, and other serious issues. A new study was recently published that also linked surgical mesh to a high rate of autoimmune disorders. If you have surgical mesh or are considering a procedure that uses a medical device implant, here is the information that you need to know.

Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, director of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Alberta, closely monitored his patients and came to a shocking conclusion, “In my practice, I studied 40 patients who had mesh implants and found that almost all of them had symptoms such as chronic fatigue, cognitive impairment known as ‘brain fog,’ muscle and joint pain ‘fibromyalgia,’ feverish temperature, and dry eyes and dry mouth,” stated Dr. Cohen Tervaert. “Of those patients, 45 per cent developed an autoimmune disorder such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. And in the patients who had allergies before the implant, they were significantly worse after.”

The Problem with Medical Device Implants

Unfortunately, complications can arise when any foreign object is inserted into the body. Similar symptoms have been frequently reported in patients who have silicone breast implants. “When a foreign body is put into the body, there is an instant activation of the immune system. It continues to fight the foreign body and eventually, over time, fatigues and becomes dysfunctional,” Dr. Cohen Tervaert explains. “Large-scale studies have shown that patients with breast implants have more symptoms of ASIA (autoimmune/auto-inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants) and an increased risk to develop an autoimmune disorder.

Doctors have determined that patients are genetically determined whether or not they’ll have an adverse autoimmune reaction to their medical device. Dr. Cohen Tervaert found that pre-existing allergies were present in 80% of breast implant patients which just so happened to be the same percentage of patients who had allergies in his patient group involving mesh. While it seems like an obvious answer is to have patients genetically tested for allergies before having a medical device implanted, unfortunately a test like this does not yet exist.

Many patients recovered after having the medical device removed in situations involving breast implants, but this type of surgery is more complicated with surgical mesh. Tissue and nerves can grow in and around the mesh making it virtually impossible to take out the entire device for countless patients.

Discussing your concerns with your doctor and carefully weighing the risks versus the benefits are two ways to protect your health. Also, familiarize yourself with the symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders. The sooner you call your doctor to address these issues, the better chance you have at recovery.

 

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“Surgical mesh implants may cause autoimmune disorders”. Medical Xpress. Accessed December 20, 2018. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-07-surgical-mesh-implants-autoimmune-disorders.html?fbclid=IwAR0cIcQsQyMQBaTwBCdv5q-kExUEkzteXXX9q9cDVby4VyOTHgcvbgF3qH8

Cheers! Roundup Now Found in Beer and Wine

A recent study found that 19 out of the 20 beer and wine samples studied contained small amounts – parts per billion – of Roundup. With such a minuscule number, there’s nothing to be worried about, right? Well, not exactly. Scientists have found that even 1 part per trillion of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, has the potential to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells and disrupt the endocrine system.

Cheers! Roundup Now Found in Beer and Wine

What This New Study Reveals

The United States Public Interest Group (U.S. PIRG), a nonprofit research organization, tested beer and wine for glyphosate/Roundup to determine “how much Roundup we’re drinking.” U.S. PIRG tested five wines and 15 beers including common brands such as Beringer, Barefoot and Sutter Home wine and Budweiser, Coors, Miller Lite, Sam Adams, Samuel Smith Organic and New Belgium beers. Here are some of their findings:

  • Peak Beer was the only sample that did not contain detectable levels of glyphosate.
  • The highest level of glyphosate found was in Sutter Home wine, at 51 parts per billion (ppb).
  • Even the beers labeled as “organic” contained glyphosate.
  • Large, conventional brands such as Coors, Tsingtao, and Miller Lite showed glyphosate levels above 25 ppb.  

This study came on the heels of a German team’s research which showed that Roundup occurred in every sample they tested in 2016. German brewers were appalled and a follow-up study in 2017 reported marked improvement. Hopefully, this will also be the case in the United States. U.S. PIRG shares that The Brewers Association, which certifies small independent and craft beers, even commented that, “Brewers do not want glyphosate used on barley or any raw brewing material, and the barley grower organizations have also come out strongly against glyphosate.”

The Dangers of Roundup

Monsanto, the makers of Roundup, have claimed for decades that their product is safe. However, many studies have revealed its link to cancer. In 2015, the World Health Organization deemed it a “probable carcinogen” and in 2017 California agreed. In September 2013, researchers from Thailand discovered that glyphosate could stimulate the growth of breast cancer and alter the endocrine system with contamination levels as low as the parts per trillion range. In October 2008, Swedish researchers determined that exposure to glyphosate tripled the risk of a subtype of non-Hodgkin called small lymphocytic lymphoma. The most recent evidence against Roundup and its link to cancer involved California school groundskeeper DeWayne Johnson. Johnson claimed that after years of applying Roundup to the school property, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Toxicologist William Sawyer took the stand and explained that glyphosate bioaccumulates in the skin making it more permeable which allows it to be absorbed into the body. Johnson won $78.5 million in his case.

And Roundup isn’t just linked to cancer. Other health conditions associated with this herbicide include allergies, asthma, autism spectrum disorders, Parkinson’s, gastrointestinal disorders, and more.

Roundup in Other Products

While it may not seem like having Roundup in your wine or beer is a big deal, it has additionally been found in a variety of other common food items. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published their study in August 2018 which found that 43 out of the 45 oat-based cereals and snack bars marketed to children contained glyphosate. “The highest levels, greater than 1,000 ppb, were detected in two samples of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats. Three samples of Cheerios had glyphosate levels ranging from 470 ppb to 530 ppb.” The EWG’s child-protective health benchmark for daily exposure to glyphosate in food is 160 ppb.

If you love junk food, here are some other popular offenders with high levels of glyphosate:

  • Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips 812.53 ppb
  • Cool Ranch Doritos 481.27 ppb
  • Lay’s Kettle Cooked Original 452.71 ppb
  • Oreo Original 289.47 ppb
  • Kashi Soft Baked Cookies, Oatmeal Dark Chocolate 275.58 ppb
  • Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies 264.28 ppb

The Unknown

Part of the danger of Roundup and glyphosate is the unknown: how much of this chemical are we really ingesting? U.S. PIRG also states that the, “use of Roundup is growing at such a rapid pace that there is enough Roundup sprayed every year to spray nearly half a pound of glyphosate on every cultivated acre of land in the world.”

Maybe we should change our way of thinking: it shouldn’t be “let’s keep using Roundup until it’s proven to be unsafe” but “let’s halt Roundup until we KNOW that it’s safe.”

 

 

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“STUDY FINDS WEED KILLER IN BEER AND WINE”. U.S. PIRG. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://uspirg.org/blogs/news-briefs/usp/study-finds-weed-killer-beer-and-wine
“Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors.” NCBI. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23756170
“Breakfast With a Dose of Roundup?”. EWG. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://www.ewg.org/childrenshealth/glyphosateincereal/
“Monsanto’s Secret Is Out: Glyphosate Is In Your Food”. Daily Health Post. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://dailyhealthpost.com/glyphosate-food/

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Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

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