Posted On: March 18, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Seroquel's Connection To Diabetes Is Questioned In New Data Documents

The FDA had concerns about new antipsychotic drugs shortly after they came on the market in the 1990s. According to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the agency was worried they might trigger diabetes in some patients.

In 2000, the FDA asked AstraZeneca P.L.C. to share data on cases of new-onset diabetes and related illnesses in patients taking the antipsychotic drugs. AstraZeneca told the FDA that patients and doctors had reported 12 new cases of diabetes and five cases of related illnesses among the 623,000 who had taken its drug Seroquel.

However, court documents showed that the company had reported the number as 27 cases of diabetes and two of hyperglycemia.

The article stated that these documents surfaced in lawsuits filed in Orlando, Florida. The suits were filed by patients who claimed taking Seroquel caused their diabetes. Last month, the FDA required AstraZeneca to make information about Seroquel and weight gain more prominent on the drug’s label.

In 2000 AstraZeneca told the FDA it was “unlikely” that taking Seroquel led to diabetes.

A lawyer who wrote the document for plaintiff firm said AstraZeneca should have reported the larger number.

Documents released last week contained AstraZeneca e-mails in which employees discussed “buried” studies showing connections between Seroquel and weight gain.

AstraZeneca faces personal-injury claims from about 15,000 people who took Seroquel and say it caused diabetes.

If you or a loved one has suffered adverse reactions from taking Seroquel and would like to be kept informed about the most recent developments, news, or to discuss your legal options, please call Cherry, Fieger, and Marciano.

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