Aripiprazole, more commonly known by its generic name Abilify, was first developed in the early 2000’s by Otsuka America, produced by Bristol-Meyer, and was then first approved by the FDA in 2013. Abilify belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics, which are used to treat schizophrenia in adults and children, bipolar disorder, and sometimes irritability associated with autism in pediatric patients. Abilify can cause many serious side effects including weight gain, memory loss, and dizziness. In April of 2005 the FDA issued a black box warning, which stated that patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with some antipsychotic medications (including Abilify) are at an increased risk of death. Despite these warnings, Abilify is still Bristol-Meyer’s second biggest selling product and earned over 7.2 billion dollars last year.
Since its initial release, lawsuits involving Abilify have only increased and there are now attorneys that specialize in Abilify cases. Some warned side effects include cerebrovascular adverse events, including stroke, cognitive and motor impairment, seizures, dysphagia and compulsive behavior. Due to the fact that many of these side effects are disabling, some users are now eligible for social security disability benefits. In order to be eligible to receive social security disability benefits for side effects resulting from the use of Abilify, those who file must be permanently disabled and unable to work. There has been an increase in the number of those filing for benefits as a result of taking antipsychotic drugs as there has been an increase in number of prescriptions written for drugs such as Abilify, which 8.3 million prescriptions were written for in the first half of 2015.
Some common questions regarding legal action and Abilify are:
· Can I file a claim on behalf of a deceased family member?
· Why does Abilify lead to compulsive behavior?
· What compensation can I expect to receive from an Abilify manufacturer?
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