JC Woman Wins Part of Drug Settlement

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 16, 2009 at 12:45 AM EDT

A Johnson City woman will receive a piece of a billion dollar settlement.

Drug maker Eli Lilly has plead guilty to illegally marketing it's anti-psychotic drug, Zyprexa, for conditions it wasn't approved to treat.

The settlement will put an end to the criminal investigation and civil suits.

But as Action News Reporter Caitlin Nuclo tells us, for Alicia Adams, the money won't reverse the damage.

"It changed my life drastically," said Alicia Adams.

In 2003, Alicia Adams was prescribed Zyprexa, for her bi-polar disorder and depression.

Zyprexa is an anti - psychotic drug.

Adams says she was warned about side effects like slight weight gain and mood swings.

But says what she experienced, was much worse.

"About two months after I started taking it I started to gain a large amount of weight," said Adams.

Adams says she went from 93 pounds to 175 pounds in about a year and a half.

And her depression escalated.

"It got worse," she said. "I closed myself off from everyone stayed in my bedroom I didn't do much of anything."

In 2004, she stopped taking the medication.

But 5 years later, she's still battling her weight, plus....

"I developed diabetes now I have diabetic neuropathy in my feet, and losing feeling in my fingers," she said.

Adams will receive a piece of the 1.4 billion dollar settlement.

But she says that won't reverse the damage to her body.

"A settlement ain't going to change what already happened might make some what of a, make them feel better at the time but in the long run it doesn't really seem to matter," said Adams.

While Adam's says her diabetes is now controlled, it's something she'll have to live with forever.

Due to legal reasons, Adam's can't comment on how much she's slated to receive from the settlement.

She warns people to do a lot of research before they take any medication.

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