Eli Lilly Defeats Soldier's Cymbalta 'Brain Zap' Suit

Law360, New York (December 17, 2013, 4:21 PM EST) -- A South Carolina federal judge ruled Monday that Eli Lilly & Co. did not fail to adequately warn an Iraq War veteran that the antidepressant Cymbalta can cause so-called brain zaps and other withdrawal symptoms, finding that a stronger warning would not have altered his treatment.

U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie granted summary judgment to Eli Lilly in a lawsuit brought by plaintiff Scott Carnes, who claimed he suffered “sharp, painful zaps of electricity” in his head, nightmares and anger issues after quitting Cymbalta, and still “shakes ... like a dog getting wet” as the result of his use of...

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