A drug better suited to a courtroom than a doctor’s office
Johnson & Johnson’s antipsychotic medication Risperdal has a troubled history in U.S. courts of law.
Risperdal first went to trial in 2012, when an Arkansas judge ruled that Johnson & Johnson (and its subsidiary, Janssen) had to pay $1.2 billion for failing to warm consumers of the drug’s serious side effects. That decision was eventually reversed, but the floodgates had been opened.
That same year, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $181 million to settle claims that it had promoted Risperdal for non-approved uses.
In 2013, J & J was hit with a whammy: a $2.2 billion fine for illegally marketing Risperdal to people with dementia.
Since then, the lawsuits have mounted, and Johnson & Johnson – which promotes itself as “trustworthy” – has been ordered to pay tens of millions of dollars for its deceitful and illegal practices in marketing and promoting Risperdal.
Yet this dangerous drug, Risperdal, remains on the market today. Countless people have had their health compromised by its devastating side effects, which include neurological disorders and an increased risk of suicide.
Why is this drug still out there?
Because Risperdal is the source of enormous profits for Johnson & Johnson.
If you thought your health was actually important to Big Pharma, think again.
When you’re done thinking about it, contact TheLawFirm.com. We can help you receive the just compensation that you’re due.
What is Risperdal?
Risperdal is Johnson & Johnson’s trademarked name for a drug called risperidone, which is used in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability in people with autism. It was initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1993.
Some of the side effects associated with Risperidal are of the kind that are associated even with over-the-counter medications: drowsiness, constipation, slight weight gain. But Risperidal is associated with a wide range of far more dangerous side effects, too.
People who have been prescribed Risperidal are at an increased risk for such serious problems as:
• an increased risk of suicide
• an increased risk of permanent movement disorders
• an increased risk of life-threatening neurological disorders
• an increased risk of gynecomastia (the development of full breasts in males)
• an increased risk of infertility
• a decrease in bone density
And no one’s sure whether Risperidal is safe for pregnant women.
This is not the kind of product that trustworthy companies sell.
This is the kind of product that profit-hungry corporations sell in an attempt to profit from your suffering.
Risperidal is supposed to help – not harm
Psychosis and bipolar disorders are serious conditions, and it’s important to try to get them under control. But what do you do when one of the leading drugs for the treatment of those conditions can cause health problems that are even worse?
At the heart of the lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson is the fact that the drug giant not only sold – and aggressively marketed – a potentially harmful product, but that the company knowingly concealed vital information about Risperdal’s dangers.
No wonder the courts have found against Johnson & Johnson multiple times.
Every day, more and more people who have been prescribed Risperidal are realizing that they may be entitled to significant financial compensation for the health problems that they’ve suffered. If you want to be part of the movement that’s seeking justice from Big Pharma, we may be able to help you.
What to do if you’ve been harmed by Risperidal
If you’ve taken Risperidal and believe that it has caused health problems, contact your doctor immediately.
Then, contact TheLawFirm.com.
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Breast Growth In Males - Gynecomastia
Scientific research supports claims that Risperdal may cause gynecomastia in boys. A study published in a 2006 issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology concluded that risperidone, (a generic of Risperdal) “administered to adolescents at doses commonly used for the treatment of psychotic symptoms can strongly increase prolactin levels, with clinical consequences such as gynecomastia.”
Some adolescent males who suffer from gynecomastia have had to undergo surgery. Generally, stopping the medication does not make the breast growth go away. The treatment is generally painful and scarring surgical removal of the unwanted breast tissue. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Risperdal. Obviously, most of its victims had no idea that Risperdal could cause breast growth.
In September 2012, Johnson & Johnson settled its first Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit on the opening day of the trial. The plaintiff was a 21-year-old male who took Risperdal from the ages of 9 to 13. At the time he was taking it, Risperdal had not been approved by the FDA for treatment of children. The amount of the settlement has not been disclosed.
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