With Eli Lilly’s own shareholders now starting to sue the company, it’s a good time to catch up with all the latest news on Zyprexa, so I suggest having a look at Furious Seasons – at this post here.
“Fletch Trammell of Houston plaintiffs firm Bailey Perrin Bailey said four of his state clients are preparing to sue drug manufacturers for Medicaid fraud. He declined to name them. Trammell already represents Louisiana, which sued Eli Lilly over Zyprexa in 2004, and Mississippi, which filed suit last summer. Pennsylvania sued three drug makers in February, including Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca Inc.
“The fundamental allegation in Trammell’s cases, he said, is that the manufacturers had promoted drugs for uses other than the illnesses for which they had been approved. ‘We plead these cases entirely on violation of state law,’ Trammell said.
“‘Legislatures take Medicaid and government fraud very seriously and there are very serious and stiff penalties,’ he added. ‘The damages in these cases — particularly in the anti-psychotic drug cases — tend to be very large because they have been, and continue to be, very widely used drugs.'”
However, what I and many others do not understand is how Zyprexa is such big news in America – every day seems to bring yet another lawsuit against the manufacturer – but over here in the UK we hear nothing about the Lilly wonder drug and the trouble it causes.