Monday, June 15, 2009

Zyprexa news

From Public Citizen and other sources:

Eli Lilly urged doctors to prescribe Zyprexa for elderly patients with dementia, an unapproved use for the antipsychotic, even though the drugmaker had evidence the medicine didn’t work for such patients, according to unsealed internal company documents.

In 1999, four years after Lilly sent study results to the FDA showing Zyprexa was not effectively alleviate dementia symptoms in older patients, the company started to market the drug to such patients, so says documents unsealed in insurer suits against the company.

Lilly has pleaded pleaded guilty earlier this year to a federal misdemeanor charge of illegally marketing Zyprexa for off-label uses to elderly consumers. The company admitted illegal promotions from September 1999 through March 2001, while denying such practices beyond that date.

Source here.

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