Weitz & Luxenberg announced on June 19, 2008 that it has filed a lawsuit against AstraZeneca on behalf of a New York City Fire Department Emergency Medical Technician whose diabetes was allegedly caused by AstraZeneca’s drug Seroquel. The plaintiff, EMT Ernest Armstead, was prescribed Seroquel, which Weitz & Luxenberg claims did not carry a warning that the powerful drug can cause diabetes. A deposition of AstraZeneca’s CEO, David Brennan, about his company’s alleged undisclosed knowledge regarding the dangerous side effect of diabetes, is being taken on June 20th 2008 in London, England at the law offices of Baker Botts.

A New York City paramedic was prescribed Seroquel for post-traumatic stress disorder and later he developed Type II diabetes. At least three states, including Pennsylvania, have sued AstraZeneca over its marketing of Seroquel with more than $4 billion in sales last year.

By Shilpa C Nangali