Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) Lawsuit

Seroquel, manufactured by AstraZeneca, is an oral medication used to
manage the symptoms associated with schizophrenia such as delusions, thought disorder, hallucinations, social withdrawal, lack of energy,
apathy, and reduced ability to express emotion.

The drug, which was approved by the FDA for marketing in 1997, affects
a broad range of neurotransmitter receptors, including serotonin
receptors.  It is  also sometimes used to treat the mania associated
with bipolar disorder.

News of Seroquel’s side effects and emerged as a result of observational
data released at a medical conference in Philadelphia which showed that
patients on Seroquel had 3.34 times as many cases of diabetes as those
on older antipsychotics such as haldoperidol.

Towards the end of August, 2003, news of side effects associated with
Seroquel became widely publicized and caused the value of
AstraZeneca’s stock to decrease by almost one percent.

Soon after, the law firms of Parker & Waichman and Aylstock, Witkens &
Sasser announced that a class action lawsuit had been commenced in the
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida on behalf of
all those who had used Seroquel.

This lawsuit contends that AstraZeneca was aware that Seroquel was
associated with  a high occurrence of diabetes, but they did not take steps
to adequately warn doctors or patients in the United States of this
potential risk.

The pending lawsuit seeks statutory, exemplary and punitive financial
damages from AstraZeneca for their alleged disregard of the well being
and health of the plaintiffs and class members (the people who took
Seroquel and subsequently developed diabetes).

In addition, the lawsuit also alleges that AstraZeneca aggressively
marketed and promoted Seroquel for “off label” use that was beyond
its FDA approved indications at the time in question.

AstraZeneca is accused of unfairly offering incentives to doctors and
other medical professionals in an effort to increase the number of
Seroquel prescriptions that were written.

The Seroquel class action lawsuit seeks to establish a medical monitoring
fund to pay for anyone who has taken Seroquel so that they can be tested
for diabetes and other blood sugar disorders.

On January 30th, 2004, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, the company
that markets Seroquel in the United States sent a “Dear Doctor” letter
to thousands of doctors throughout the USA.  The letter indicated that:

“…Hyperglycemia, in some cases extreme and associated with
ketoacidosis or hyperosmolar coma or death, has been reported in
patients treated with atypical antipsychotics, including Seroquel.”
[Click Here to read the actual Seroquel “Dear Doctor” letter]

5 Responses to “Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) Lawsuit”

  1. John T Downey Says:

    my address is 453 echo rd. Vestal, NY 13850
    I have developed a cateract in my right eye since taking it.

  2. Stephanie Smith Says:

    my adrdress is PO BOX 44 New Britain CT 06050
    I have gained 55 pounds since on it and breathing problems at night

  3. Vallaree Spires Says:

    Please contact me, I took Seroquol for a short period of time, just prior to being diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic 3/2010.

  4. cheryl heans Says:

    Hi since taking Seroquol, I have developed Grand Mal Seizures including a dislocated jaw in once incident and many ambulance rides to the hospital.
    Please contact me 519-569-0550

  5. Daniel Wren Says:

    I took Seroquel. I developed type II diabetes, for which I take medication. I developed gynecomastia I suffer from tardive dyskinesia. I have developed, erectile dysfunction (for which I take medication), decreased semen production, low testosterone levels, impotence, infertility, and a stroke (lacralunal infarct) in my brain

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