February 25, 2005

Lilly Zyprexa Warning/Confusion

This week Eli Lilly warned doctors about Zyprexa, Zyrtec confusion

Eli Lilly and Co. announced this week that it has changed the labeling on its antipsychotic Zyprexa to avoid confusion with Pfizer Inc.'s allergy medicine Zyrtec after some patients were given the wrong drug.

Lilly said in a letter to psychiatrists and pharmacists that it has received 79 reports of such mix-ups since Zyprexa, which is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was introduced in 1996. The letter, dated January 26, was posted February 8, 2005, on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s Medwatch Web site.

The letter can be viewed here:

FDA Medwatch Zyprexa Letter


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