Congratulations to the Electronic Frontier Foundation which just won an important judgement against drug giant Eli Lilly. Eli Lilly tried to stop a number of websites from publishing leaked documents about Zyprexa, Eli Lilly’s top-selling drug. The judgement is available and the zyprexa.pbwiki.com wiki which challenges Eli Lilly is still online.
From EFF’s press release on their victory:
The Zyprexa documents were leaked from an ongoing product liability lawsuit against Eli Lilly. The internal documents allegedly show that Eli Lilly intentionally downplayed the drug’s side effects, including weight gain, high blood sugar, and diabetes, and marketed the drug for “off-label” uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The documents were the basis for a front-page story in the New York Times in December of last year, and electronic copies are readily available from a variety of Internet sources. EFF’s client posted links to one set of copies on a wiki devoted to the controversy that were part of extensive, in-depth analysis from a number of citizen journalists.