Jury Selection Starts in Wrongful-Death Suit Against Eli Lilly



Jury selection is under way in trial of a wrongful death lawsuit against drug-maker Eli Lilly and Co., stemming from the death of a 20-year-old man who was prescribed a prescription drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The negligence suit was filed in October 2007 in Los Angeles Superior Court by Randy and Eiko Tadai, the parents of Cody Tadai. They allege that Eli Lilly knew patients taking Zyprexa had an increased risk of developing potentially life-threatening conditions, including weight gain, diabetes and hyperglycemia, but led doctors to believe that the side effects were no worse than any other drug.

Eli Lilly attorneys deny the young man’s death was caused by Zyprexa and maintain that the company did not misrepresent the drug’s potential side-effects to those in the medical community.

The Tadais allege that after their son died, the Food and Drug Administration required Eli Lilly to change the Zyprexa warning label to include language warning physicians that the drug has a greater association with increased blood glucose levels, which causes diabetes.

Cody Tadai was prescribed Zyprexa in October 2003 and took the drug until he died in March 2007 of diabetes-related complications. His parents maintain that their son’s physician, Dr. Koichi Ishikawa, would have not have given Zyprexa to him had current warning information been in place at the time.



  1. Eli Lilly’s (NOW $4.6 billion) propaganda payout is a fraud,as a matter of fact 8 Lilly employees who are supposed ‘whistle-blowers’ are getting $ 10 mill each
    The real victims like me are being ignored
    I have been waiting 5 1/2 years
    They have three certified letters from me substantiating my claim. I am a classic case for compensation having taken the stuff for four years (for physician prescribed off-label PTSD) 1996-2000
    Remember one of the issues of Lilly cover up was their goading MD’s to do the ‘off label’ prescribing and covered for them,rep slogan “viva Zyprexa”.
    I paid thousands of dollars out of my own pocket in co-payments for the Zyprexa which gave me sudden onset diabetes in 2000 with a deadly A1C of 14.2 all documented at my site.
    Google: Daniel Haszard Zyprexa

    Daniel Haszard Zyprexa victim activist and patient who got diabetes from it.

  2. Zyprexa health risk.

    Weight gain, increases in triglyceride levels and associated risks for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
    The average weight gain (adults) over the 12 week study period was the highest for Zyprexa—17 pounds.
    One in 145 adults died in clinical trials of those taking the antipsychotic drugs Zyprexa. This is Lilly’s # 1 product over $ 4 billion year sales,moreover Eli Lilly also make billions on drugs that treat the diabetes often that has *been caused* by the Zyprexa!

    Daniel Haszard Zyprexa victim activist and patient who got diabetes from it.

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