Amazing Member (1000+ posts)
Posted - 03/08/2009 : 03:03:26
| From the article
On January 15, 2009, Lilly pled guilty to charges that it had illegally marketed its blockbuster drug Zyprexa for unapproved uses to children and the elderly, two populations especially vulnerable to its dangerous side effect. Lilly plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge and agreed to pay $1.42 billion, which included $615 million to end the criminal investigation and approximately $800 million to settle the civil case.
One of the eight whistle-blowers in this case, former Lilly sales representative Robert Rudolph, says the settlement will not completely change Lilly's business practices, and he wants jail time for executives. "You have to remember, with Zyprexa," said Rudolph, "people lost their lives."
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Incredible Member (2000+ posts)
Posted - 03/09/2009 : 21:11:20
This article was very informative, and I'm glad to see something
has been done about the damaging misuse of zyprexa. Lilly seems, according to the article, to have a history of misusing their
drugs. It is appalling that Lilly has gotten away with all that
they have. And the $1.42 billion they have to pay? Chump change.
The article says they earned around that much in sales, during
one quarter alone, last year.
And a misdemeanor charge? Puhhh-lease. They knew there were
issues with giving this drug to kids, that zyprexa's "tendency
to cause severe weight gain and metabolic disorders were particularly pronounced in children". Also, the article says:
"The children receiving Zyprexa gained so much weight during
the study that a safety monitoring panel ordered that they be
taken off the drug". So, they knew but still pushed doctors to prescribe this med to disruptive children.
So, what is the next step to take? How do we "revoke" Lilly's "corporate charter"? Seems to me that Lilly has had
their chance. Maybe I'm naive, but I think doctors, nurses,
drug reps, and companies that have anything to do with
healthcare, are supposed to ultimately, be there for the
patient. For the betterment of the patient, that is.
Just reading some of the posts here, under zyprexa, there has been damages: loss of health, ongoing health problems, and even loss of life. Lilly hasn't been there for the patient, for the very people
they make the drugs for. And they need more than just a slap on the wrist.
Everyday is a winding road...