An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small cage-like medical device that can be inserted by doctors to stop dangerous blood clots from traveling to the blood vessels of the lungs. Their structure allows them to catch fragments of clots that form in the legs or pelvis before these blockages run the risk of causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). These metal filters are surgically implanted in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners or have seen little success with those drugs.
Zyprexa (olanzapine) is an atypical antipsychotic approved in the United States for the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It is also prescribed by some doctors for off-label uses, with no documented proof of effectiveness.
Some patients claim that Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of Zyprexa, did not properly warn patients about the potential side effects that can occur while taking this medication. It has been alleged that Zyprexa can actually cause diabetes and other illnesses. At the very least it appears that the drug can lead to non-trivial hyperglycemia in patients that already have diabetes.
Litigation has also been filed regarding the fact that Eli Lilly has illegally promoted Zyprexa for non-approved uses. Such behavior can put many people at undue risk, with the dangers of the drug being either unclear to the patient or unknown to any of the parties involved. Off-label usage is something that in practice can work for some conditions, but its associated risk are high.
If you or a loved one has been prescribed Zyprexa and experienced serious side effects, contact us today to determine if you may have a personal injury claim.