Millions of Americans use Abilify (aripirazole) to treat serious psychological conditions including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and Tourette syndrome. Abilify was approved for use by the FDA in 2002 and marketed as a safe and effective antipsychotic that would help patients manage their symptoms.
Abilify Linked to Dangerous Side Effects
Studies conducted by the National Institute of Health and the British Journal of Psychology found that Abilify can reduce the brain’s capacity to control impulses and compulsive behaviors. In many patients, this has resulted in the formation of addictive behaviors including:
- Hypersexuality and greater sexual preoccupation
- Compulsive gambling
- Other compulsive behaviors
These symptoms are extremely dangerous and can have a devastating impact on the lives of patients and their families. Compulsive gambling and hypersexuality can cause extreme psychological distress, as well as a whole host of additional personal, financial and health issues.
Abilify has generated billions of dollars in sales for the drug’s manufacturers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical. In 2013, Abilify was the top-selling prescription medication in the United States, generating nearly $6.5 billion in sales.
In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration wrote a warning letter to Abilify’s manufacturers, informing them that their marketing of Abilify made “misleading claims and presentations about the drug.” The FDA warned that the company’s marketing overstated their understanding of how Abilify works in humans.
By misrepresenting their knowledge of how Abilify can impact patients, these drug companies put profits above the safety of their customers.
Henson Fuerst Is Here to Help
If you or a loved one developed compulsive behaviors after taking Abilify, the experienced North Carolina Drug Injury lawyers at Henson Fuerst may be able to help. Call us today at (919) 781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form online for a FREE consultation about your case.
Henson Fuerst has extensive experience representing the rights of patients that were injured by a dangerous or defective drug. We stand up to major drug manufacturers on behalf of our clients and ensure that your rights are protected.
At Henson Fuerst, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front. In fact you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.