Lawsuit alleges mood disorder drug causes diabetes

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Sep. 5, 2011, 2:32pm

MARSHALL - A Texas man claims he developed diabetes from a drug he took to treat a psychiatric disorder.

Michael Gentry of Lindale filed a lawsuit against Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, the makers of Seroquel, on Aug. 31 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to adequately and properly test and inspect the drug to determine whether it was safe and proper for the purpose for which it was designed, failing to implement a reasonably safe design, failing to manufacture the drug in a safe condition and failing to warn of the drug's risks of complications and of disease.

The defendants are further accused of manufacturing, selling, distributing and prescribing a drug which constituted a hazard to health and caused adverse side effects.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical, emotional, economic, physical injuries, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, physical impairment and court costs.

Gentry is represented by Jeffrey T. Embry of Hossley & Embry in Tyler.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge David Folsom is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00380

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