AstraZeneca Settles Seroquel Lawsuit with South Carolina

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The South Carolina Attorney General’s office has agreed to a $26 million settlement with AstraZeneca to resolve charges of misleading consumers on the potentially serious side effects of Seroquel. AstraZeneca failed to include a warning about the potential for weight gain and diabetes, though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned AstraZeneca in 1998 and 1999 of the “false and misleading campaign in its promotion of Seroquel,” the lawsuit states. The FDA also noted that claims that Seroquel is effective in conditions including bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder, claims as to how Seroquel works and that it is safer an more effective than first-generation antipsychotics were also false and misleading.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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  1. The company admitted no wrong doing. Until ceo’s of these drug cartels receive jail and prison sentences justice will ot be served. Why is it that these companies are allowed to get away with a fine, paltry compared to their profit? They include amounts of fines like these in their budgets as operating costs. It is dusgusting.

  2. I work in the bio pharmaceutical industry. Everyone should be calling Astra Zeneca, 800-236-9933, to report ANY adverse side effects no matter what they are. The FDA requires that these reports be investigated and reported.
    I have had ongoing problems for the past 6 years that I believe are a result of using Seroquel. When I noticed the problem 5 years ago I when I developed auto immune type symptoms including the loss of all the cartilage in both knees over the period of one year. In addition to the inability to walk, dropping my feet, the loss of 75% of my eyesight in one year, uncontrollable shaking, vomiting, sever diarrhea, sever stomach cramping, and migraines almost every day in addition to other symptoms.