This blog is about my life as a mom, raising a son with a mood disorder. This is a tough journey and I hope that my words may allow others living with this illness see that they’re not alone. I’m also using this blog as a tool to process my own feelings and let go of the pain that I carry inside. If you’re new to this blog, check out my list of “Important Posts” in the right column and feel free to share your story with me. This blog shouldn’t be used for medical advice.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Trileptal in the News!
According to The New York Times, Novartis, the manufacturer of Trileptal, agreed to pay $422.5 million to settle the criminal investigation into the marketing of Trileptal and 5 other drugs for off-label use. This includes the use of Trileptal for bipolar disorder. The drug was only approved by the FDA for anti-seizure use. Doctors may prescribe drugs for off-label use, but companies can not market it that way. Federal prosecutors accused Novartis of giving kickbacks to doctors, but the company denied doing it. (Wilson, 2010) You can read the article here:
My son takes trileptal. When I recently tried to have it refilled, I was told the manufacturer had it on backorder. So my first concern is that my son may have a challenge in getting his prescription filled if this lawsuit affects the availability of his medication. And second, I wonder if my doctor was influenced in any way. I would say “no”, since this abuse happened before 2004. Also, this was the 3rd mood stabilizer that my son was put on. Since it wasn’t a first choice of hers, I doubt that our doctor was influenced in any way. But it makes you wonder what influences our doctors may be exposed to.