Risperdal lawsuits have been filed from Pennsylvania to California and points in between. Many of the victims are young males who developed female-like breasts as a result of using the antipsychotic. The condition is gynecomastia.
Risperdal lawsuits contain several allegations. Among them is the contention that the manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals, either knew or should have known about the risk of breast development in male children and should have issued warnings about it. Moreover, Janssen marketed the drug to children as safe when clearly there was a relationship between Risperdal and gynecomastia.
Setting the stage for Risperdal lawsuits was Janssen's plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney General's office, which the U.S. Justice Department announced before Thanksgiving in 2013. Under the plea agreement J&J would pay $2.2 billion in criminal and civil penalties arising from its marketing practices with respect to Risperdal and two other J&J drugs.
The government's complaint alleged that Johnson & Johnson marketed Risperdal to children from 1999 through 2005. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which originally approved Risperdal in 1993, had not cleared the drug for use in adolescents until 2007, according to FDA documents. Janssen allegedly wronged a lot of boys, peddling a drug to children that made the anatomy of many of the male children defy nature and bend tortiously toward the hideous.
The manufacturer should have done something in regard to the relationship between Risperdal and gynecomastia other than market the drug to children. Giving the victim the justice he deserves is what Risperdal lawsuits are all about. Surely, it is too late to do the right thing to protect the victims of Risperdal and gynecomastia. But it is not too late to compensate them for their medical expenses, physical and emotional pain and suffering and other losses.
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