Abilify and Compulsive Gambling
People from across the country have filed lawsuits alleging Abilify caused compulsive gambling problems that resulted in serious financial loss. Pathological gambling is now a recognized potential side effect which can occur even when the Abilify users had no history of gambling problems. Pending lawsuits seek to hold the manufacturer of Abilify responsible for failing to warn users the drug may cause compulsive behavior. Abilify is one of the world’s top-selling antipsychotic drugs.
On January 15, 2016, the makers of Abilify finally changed the label in the United States to warn that “pathological gambling” has been reported from Abilify users. The label change comes after Abilify has prescribed to and used by Americans for more than 10 years. Unfortunately, the Abilify label change in the US comes long after the manufacturer began to warn patients in other parts of the world. In October of 2012, the Abilify label in Europe changed to warn users of pathological gambling. In November of 2015, Canadian regulators determined that there was link between Abilify and a possible risk of pathological gambling. These lawsuits aim to discover why the Abilify manufacturers changed the label in other parts of the world but continued to keep US Abilify users in the dark for several years.
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