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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, November 1, 2000

Prozac maker settles Pearl City suicide suit

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eli Lilly and Co. has settled a wrongful-death case involving a Pearl City teen who killed himself after taking Prozac.

The parents of Hugh B. Blowers sued Lilly, which makes the drug, 10 months ago in U.S. District Court in Hawaii. Blowers hanged himself in his bedroom about a week after he started taking the drug to treat depression.

They accused the Indianapolis-based company of negligence and misrepresentation for not warning that Prozac can cause suicidal feelings.

Lilly filed for dismissal on Oct. 10, and the case has been terminated, a court clerk told the Indianapolis Star.

Lilly settled the case for less than it would have cost to try the case, spokesman Edward A. West said.

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