According to plaintiffs’ attorneys AstraZeneca PLC failed to warn physicians and patients about risks associated with its widely used schizophrenia drug Seroquel.
According to documents that were just unsealed in a U.S. federal court case showed AstraZeneca knew about the risk of weight gain and diabetes in 2000.
The company “not only failed to warn physicians and patients about the risk of diabetes but they also marketed them in a way that represented that there was no risk.”
Internal e-mails and other documents showed AstraZeneca officials had evidence of the drug’s link to weight gain but used promotions suggesting Seroquel had no effect on weight or could lead to weight loss. Weight gain is a risk factor for development of diabetes.
The drugmaker “believes that the Seroquel label has always provided adequate and appropriate information and warnings based on available data.”
About 9,000 lawsuits involving 15,000 patients have been filed, and many have been consolidated in Florida. One case is scheduled to go to trial in Delaware on June 22.
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