By Published On: January 13th, 200714 Comments

In the course of research for articles in Adbusters and Focus magazines, I found these documents. They are internal memos, emails and studies from Eli Lilly and Company, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

There are a lot of relatively uninteresting pages mixed into this large file (269 MB), but overall some of the documents do seem to indicate, exactly as the New York Times and others have written, that Lilly apparently was involved in illegal, possibly criminal activities by misleading doctors about side effects and appropriate uses for their sedating-antipsychotic Zyprexa (Olanzapine), currently one of the world’s top-selling drugs.

Previously, distribution and even to some extent discussion of these documents was suppressed by an injunction from Eli Lilly in the United States. At that time, I found them using the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s TOR anti-censorship stealth network. As of mid-Feb, the injunction against U.S.-based websites was lifted, and the documents are re-appearing widely online.

The single document was very large and used up expensive bandwidth. Since there are now other and better ways to access these documents, I have removed my own copies from my website as of July 2007. I suggest going to the Furious Seasons blog to get them piece by piece or to this German site. Some Bittorrent files are also available.

For those just generally interested in the story, lawyer Jim Gottstein of PsychRights has posted an excellent overview of links.

As they obviously did for Gottstein, for me, the documents raise particular concern and sympathy for those people around the world who are being forced to take Lilly’s Zyprexa and other very dangerous drugs against their wills, victims of forced psychiatric interventions or inappropriate treatment in homes for the elderly. These documents help show how misguided forced psychiatric intervention really is, and how its methods tend to be more similar to chemical restraint and torture than to science or medicine.

14 Comments

  1. Patrick January 21, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    I’ve been following the news regarding the leaked memos, found your website through a google search on “ZyprexaKills”. Your website is now used as a reference in Wikipeda:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zyprexa

    –patrick

  2. Rob Wipond January 21, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks for the heads up, Patrick.

  3. Cindy Sue Causey January 24, 2007 at 2:08 am

    Totally cool.. I’d seen something about this elsewhere, think it was a commentary by David re the same.. My “fog” comes and goes so I missed it all the first go-round.. Being one who has to see things firsthand to “get” them, thanks to your inventiveness, now I will.. ;)

    Wow, just saw how large the file is.. Still being on dialup here, 7-Zip and DownloadThemAll are personal favorites for successfully accessing, yikes, large .tar.gz’s.. DownloadThemAll 1) speeds up the download and 2) most often will resume right where it left off downloading a partial file should the dialup connection be broken during a large file download..

    Thanks and Best wishes.. :)

  4. Rob Wipond January 26, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    You’re welcome. Also, in case you don’t know (I didn’t) note that if you view the resulting TIFF files in a normal graphics program, you will likely only see page one of each file. You need a program to view “multi-page TIFF files” (search on that phrase). Or you could use a “batch converter” (search on that phrase) that will convert the multi-page TIFF files and extract each page into a separate file.

  5. ZyprexaKills February 5, 2007 at 7:48 am

    A searchable ASCII text version of the files is currently being generated using the tesseract OCR engine and will be available soon. It will allow you to search the files using Google desktop search or similar programs. Preliminary results look quite promising. I’ll post a link here in a few days.

  6. jesse February 5, 2007 at 9:45 am

    i GUESS i was prodone 1999. You wouldn’t believe my story. Just lost in court dec 2006 during the interesting developments at lilly.

  7. Rob Wipond February 5, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    That ASCII text version sounds awesome. That would certainly help, in more ways than one. Please do let us know.

    Jesse, I don’t understand your comment. Feel free to clarify, or drop me an email using the address posted in a pic on my “about rw” page.

  8. Martha February 7, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    I am a member of AHRP.ORG and thus have been ordered not to have or distribute these documents, though this is the second set that has been sent to me. So I will not open them at this time and just hope that the judge will order them unsealed. I am hopeful that the state Attorney General where I live will craft a criminal trial against Lilly for the death of my son from Zyprexa. Justice must be done.

  9. Rob Wipond February 7, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    Martha, I am so sorry to hear about your son. Thank you for posting. For anyone who doubts the “reality” of the damages these types of corporate behaviours can cause, I hope they read your post.

    AHRP — the Alliance for Human Research Protection for those who don’t know — does some terrific work, and we are all indebted to them:
    http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/18/87/

  10. ZyprexaKills February 15, 2007 at 1:41 am

    The ASCII text version is ready for download now.

    This is a package of all files (both .pdf and .txt), approx. 280 MB:
    http://www.boocompany.com/zyprexakills/alles.zip

    This is a package of the .txt files only, approx. 7.5 MB:
    http://www.boocompany.com/zyprexakills/alleTXT.zip

    You can browse all files here:
    http://www.boocompany.com/zyprexakills

    The related blog posting (in German language):
    http://www.boocompany.com/index.cfm/content/story/id/14638/

  11. ZyprexaKills February 15, 2007 at 4:50 am

    Check this:

    Browse txt files: http://www.boocompany.com/zyprexakills/TXT/
    Browse pdf files: http://www.boocompany.com/zyprexakills/PDF/

    Compressed package of txt files (7.5 MB):
    http://www.boocompany.com/zyprexakills/alleTXT.zip

    Compressed package including both pdf and txt files (280 MB):
    http://www.boocompany.com/zyprexakills/alles.zip

    Related blog posting (in German):
    http://www.boocompany.com/index.cfm/content/story/id/14638/

    Feel free to post everything on your site!

  12. Particles February 24, 2007 at 7:04 am

    ZyprexaKills.tar.gz. Pass it on….

    ZyprexaKills.tar.gz. Pass it on…….

  13. rob February 22, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    I’m closing comments on this post because, ironically, it gets spammed constantly by ads for Zyprexa and other drugs! Oooor… is that what ‘they’ were trying to make happen?…

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