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Doctors didn’t know Zyprexa-diabetes link, state says

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on March 13, 2008


Published: March 12th, 2008 10:41 PM
Last Modified: March 12th, 2008 11:12 PM

Patients taking the anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa needlessly developed diabetes because doctors didn’t have all the information about risks, the medical director of Alaska’s only public mental hospital said in court Wednesday.The state of Alaska is suing drug maker Eli Lilly and Co. over Zyprexa, contending the company failed to warn of problems including weight gain, high blood sugar and diabetes. The state wants Lilly to pay the costs to Medicaid of treating those health problems.In opening statements last week in Anchorage Superior Court, a lawyer for Lilly told jurors that the company, not the state, would call Duane Hopson, medical director of Alaska Psychiatric Institute, to testify, and that he would talk about how Zyprexa was still prescribed at the hospital.

But when Hopson, a psychiatrist and president of the Alaska Psychiatric Association, testified Wednesday, it was as the state’s witness.


Zyprexa was approved for treatment of schizophrenia in 1996 and in 2000 for treatment of bipolar mania. The drug’s label was changed a number of times over the years and eventually included warnings and recommendations to test patient glucose levels for signs of diabetes.

But only in 2007 – 11 years after Zyprexa came on the market – did the label say it was more likely to raise a patient’s blood sugar than most similar anti-psychotic drugs.

Watch this to be the first of many lawsuits against the drug industry over anti-psychotics and SSRIs. I wonder if these drugs arent being prescribed a tad recklessly…

Read more at the Anchorage Daily News….


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  1. Catty Ax Lady said, on March 14, 2008 at 3:17 am

    I’m not sure anyone not working in the drug industry would really understand the amount of prescription traffic that is from these kinds of medications (SSRI’s especially). Not too many flying around the pharm for zyprexa that I recall however. Interesting.

    You’ve been tagged over at my blog. 🙂

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