The FDA has asked Pfizer to add a new warning to the popular schizophrenia drug Geodon, which warns patients that Geodon can cause diabetes and other blood sugar disorders such as hyperglycemia. In a recent study, atypical antipychotics similar to Geodon were found to cause diabetes 50 percent more often than older drugs.
Several years ago, the FDA became concerned about the possibility that ziprasidone might increase the possibility of a specific, potentially fatal heart-rhythm irregularity called torsade de pointes. The FDA did not approve ziprasidone in 1998 because of those concerns.
Additional Geodon side effects include: feeling unusually tired, nausea, constipation, dizziness, restlessness, diarrhea, rash, cough and runny nose, and abnormal muscle movements, including tremor, shuffling, and uncontrollable movements.
Pfizer had petitioned to have the class warning dropped or modified for diabetes with regard to Geodon (Ziprasidone). The new Geodon package insert with a revised warning, and a pfizer dear doctor letter about the change, notes the problems associated with other atypical antipsychotics, but states that "it is not known if GEODON is associated with an increased risk of diabetes".
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