STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment Denied in Abilify Impulsive Behavior Litigation

PENSACOLA — The Florida federal judge overseeing the Abilify coordinated federal docket has denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment, finding plaintiffs have demonstrated that a question of fact exists as to whether the antipsychotic drug can cause impulsive behaviors, such as gambling.

In a 168-page order, Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled on March 15 that most of plaintiffs’ evidence on general causation satisfies Rule 702 and Daubert.

Plaintiffs allege that after taking Abilify, they developed impulsive and irrepressible urges to engage in impulsive gambling, eating, shopping, and ...

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