June 18, 2015 |
More than a fifth of Pennsylvania's foster children in 2012 were taking antipsychotics, powerful medications that can cause serious metabolic side effects, including rapid weight gain and diabetes. Yet most of them had not been found to have conditions proven to respond to such drugs, a study released Tuesday found. While the use of psychiatric drugs has declined slightly among Pennsylvania children on Medicaid, the study found that it remains high, especially among foster children.
September 22, 2012 |
A Philadelphia judge said Thursday that Johnson & Johnson chief executive officer Alex Gorsky cannot be called as a trial witness by lawyers for a 17-year-old boy whose family sued the company because he grew breasts after taking Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug made by J&J. In a big victory for the health-care giant, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Arnold New agreed to the request by J&J defense lawyers to quash the subpoena from the boy's...
September 17, 2012 |
In Texas, Allen Jones determined that state employees were getting kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies, and his efforts resulted in his being named Whistle-blower of the Year and awarded about $20 million of the state's $158 million settlement. In Pennsylvania, where Jones was a commonwealth-paid investigator, he and his information were dismissed - twice, almost a decade apart. Jones had discovered malfeasance that was similar in both states, with the drug companies wanting state officials to help push higher-priced antipsychotic drugs to foster children, among other wards of the state, through taxpayer-funded Medicaid programs.
May 14, 2012 |
Concerned about "suspicions" of overprescribing antipsychotic drugs, the Pentagon took steps in the last few weeks to limit the use of those powerful medicines to treat the growing legion of war fighters suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. For Stan and Shirley White, the limits can't go into effect soon enough because, in their case, it's already too late. The retired educators' youngest son, Andrew, was an Eagle scout, a baseball player, and an honor student in high school near the family home in Cross Lanes, W.Va.
March 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Fearing an "epidemic" of death and defects from the illegal use and improper prescribing of painkilling and antipsychotic drugs, senators Thursday pressed a panel of doctors and health-care officials about how to stop the problem. "It is tragic, it is sad, it is needless, it is fraudulent, it is horrible," said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D.,W.Va), chairman of the Finance subcommittee on health. "And it is costing so much money that could be spent elsewhere. " The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used the term epidemic in the fall in reporting that deaths from overdoses of painkillers had more than tripled in the last decade and surpassed heroin and cocaine deaths combined.
August 10, 2010 |
AstraZeneca P.L.C. will pay $198 million to settle 17,500 U.S. lawsuits that alleged its top-selling antipsychotic drug Seroquel caused diabetes, the company announced Monday. The settlement, which was part of a court-ordered mediation, would resolve the bulk of more than 25,000 lawsuits against the company over Seroquel. "While the terms remain confidential and are subject to nonmonetary agreements, we believe it was in the best interest of the company to explore resolving these cases through the mediation process," Tony Jewell, AstraZeneca's spokesman, said in a statement.
June 10, 2010 |
In a City Hall courtroom this week, Pennsylvania is trying to convince a Philadelphia jury that it was duped into overpaying $160 million for the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The state, which provided the drug to the poor and elderly, wants to be reimbursed by Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, maker of Risperdal. Pennsylvania contends that Janssen falsely claimed Risperdal was safer and more effective than similar but less expensive antipsychotic drugs, such as haloperidol, also known as Haldol.
January 8, 2010 |
A Philadelphia law firm yesterday said it filed 10 lawsuits on behalf of boys and young men who developed serious side effects - including the growth of breasts - while taking the antipsychotic medications Risperdal and Invega. The suits were filed in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Lawyer Stephen Sheller said he expected to file an additional 20 to 30 similar cases in Philadelphia in the next two months. His firm also has 10 cases involving boys who took Risperdal and another medication pending in New Jersey.
July 7, 2009 |
Bill Wiggins believes a powerful antipsychotic medication helped save his wife, Kathye. Helen Shields believes one of these drugs helped kill her mother, Helen Marciniszyn. Two families, two drugs, two stories that capture the extremes of a debate about using these medicines to treat the diseases of aging when there are no other effective alternatives. Kathye Wiggins took Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal. Marciniszyn took AstraZeneca's Seroquel. Both drugs are atypical antipsychotics, a category of psychotropic drugs that also includes Zyprexa from Eli Lilly & Co., Abilify by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., and Pfizer Inc.'s Geodon.
April 9, 2009 |
A government panel opened the door a crack yesterday toward allowing AstraZeneca P.L.C. to sell its Seroquel XR more widely, after an emotional meeting that included stories from two families who say their loved ones died after taking the powerful antipsychotic. The Food and Drug Administration advisory committee recommended the agency approve Seroquel XR for use as an additional therapy in patients suffering from depression who do not respond adequately to their current medications.