Seroquel, also known as quetiapine fumarate in generic form, is a powerful antipsychotic prescription drug FDA approved in 1997 to treat the complex schizophrenia condition. However, like many medications on the market, Seroquel is also often prescribed for other “off-label” treatments, including the management of anxiety, autism, obsessive dementia and compulsive disorders.
However, beyond the drug’s stated side effects, Seroquel use has now been linked with a dangerous increased risk of diabetes, pancreatitis and even death. The problem is while these adverse effects are serious in and of themselves, they are often amplified by the use of drugs like Seroquel to treat conditions outside of what the FDA has approved them for. In fact, it’s been estimated that up to 70% of Seroquel prescriptions were written for unapproved uses, further exposing a vulnerable population.
The bottom line is drug makers and marketers like Seroquel’s AstraZeneca have a duty to promote the safe administration of drugs for intended FDA-approved uses. Marketing a drug for purposes outside of these strict guidelines and not adequately warning doctors and patients of potentially lethal side effects is a grossly negligent act.
If you or someone you know has taken Seroquel and has experienced serious side effects, you may have cause for legal action against AstraZeneca. Give Douglas and London a call to learn more about ongoing class action regarding the use of Seroquel for schizophrenia or off-label conditions.