Drug Collections

Zyprexa Litigation Documents


MDL No. 1596

The documents in this collection are a portion of those produced in a class action court case about Zyprexa, a drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The suit alleged Eli Lilly withheld data on adverse effects such as weight gain and diabetes and participated in off-label marketing of the drug. The documents were first obtained and made public in 2006 by, expert consultant Dr. David Egilman, attorney Jim Gottstein, and journalists Philip Dawdy and Alex Berenson. After a legal battle over public access, the documents were un-sealed and allowed to remain in the public domain.

These documents highlight Lilly's marketing strategy of influencing key opinion leaders and its attempts to control the research, the scientific literature and regulatory product labeling to minimize information on adverse effects.