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Record Settlement

October 7th, 2008 by flanews

Florida, along with 32 other states, has entered into a record setting 62 million dollar settlement with an Indiana drug company. Floridas Attorney General filed a complaint against Eli Lilly and Company over its marketing of the drug Zyprexa. The company was advertising the antipsychotic medications for uses that werent mentioned on its label, such as depression. Attorney General Chief Counsel Bob Hannah said the company also failed to warn people of the drugs possible side effects.

Not only did they aggressively target off label use which targeted often times children and the elderly, but they did not warn of the potential side effects which could include diabetes, total weight gain and hyperglycemia. Those things were not advised to the consumers of physicians, said Hannah.

Florida will get 3.6 million dollars from the 62 million dollars settlement.

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