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Lilly-Zyprexa Lawsuit

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David Suggs, from Minneapolis, Minn., right and Tommy Fibich from Houston, TX., attorneys for the State of Alaska, and George Lehner and Nina Gussack, left, attorneys for Eli Lilly and Co. listen as Anchorage Superior Court Judge Mark Rindner announces to the jury, Wednesday, March 26, 2008 in Anchorage, Alaska, that a settlement was reached in the state's lawsuit over the use of the drug Zyprexa in its Medicaid program. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

Eli Lilly settles with state for $15 million

Eli Lilly and Co. and Alaska announced a $15 million settlement Wednesday in the state's lawsuit over the use of the drug Zyprexa in its Medicaid program.

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The deal ensures that Alaska will be treated as well as any other state that may settle with Lilly over similar claims involving the drug, which is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The agreement included no admission of wrongdoing by Lilly.

The state sued for hundreds of millions of dollars to cover costs to Medicaid for treating what it says are Zyprexa-related health problems, including weight gain, high blood sugar and diabetes.

The settlement ended a case in which jurors began hearing testimony on March 6. Lilly attorneys got a sense of the challenges they faced earlier this month.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Mark Rindner said on the bench, without jurors present, that without lawsuits like the one the state of Alaska brought, claims that drugs cause health problems "might well go unaddressed."

Rindner was reacting to an assertion by Lilly lawyer George Lehner that drug regulation is up to the federal Food and Drug Administration, not any state. He argued that Alaska's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act shouldn't apply to drugs.

But Rindner said evidence presented by the state had established that the FDA "isn't capable of policing this matter."

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2Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 10:28am | DannyHaszard

9+ more states still to deal

The settlement with the feds could top $1 billion.Eli Lilly has 'promised' a $1.2 billion personal injury settlement with individual claimants like myself who have NOT been paid yet.--Daniel Haszard www.zyprexa-victims.com

1Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 10:23am | guamster

you go state of alaska

yeah this is awesome that they have wonI have a elder friend that is a vietnam vet and that is handicapped he got diabetes from this medication we even have pictures where the doctor was forcing him to take it by putting it is his mouth hopefully lilly gets the big one and is forced to shut down i looked at my medication and guess who the maker of it is LILLY imagine that now what am I gonna ...

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