Expert witness Dr. David S. Egilman settled with Eli Lilly after leaking confidential materials on the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa. Egilman, who was an pharmacology expert witness in a lawsuit against Lilly, will pay $100,000 which the company will donate to charity. Egilman admited that he supplied documents to a lawyer in Alaska who sent them to a reporter for The New York Times. NewYorkTimes.com also reports:
The documents were among evidence provided by Lilly as part of a lawsuit filed by patients who contended that side effects from Zyprexa caused excessive weight gain and diabetes…The New York Times reporter, Alex Berenson, wrote articles based on copies of the documents, which showed that Lilly executives had kept information from doctors about Zyprexa’s links to obesity and higher blood sugar, a contention Lilly has denied.