Houston Pharmaceutical Litigation Attorneys for Risperdal Cases
Do I Qualify for a Risperdal Lawsuit?
Risperdal, also known by its generic name, Risperidone, is an antipsychotic medication that was originally approved for use with adults with schizophrenia. Since the introduction of Risperdal, it has also been widely used to treat children with an array of conditions, some of which include: bipolar disorders, autism, irritability, aggression and uncommon behavior disorders.
These uses are all approved by the FDA today. However, the drug was not originally released or approved for children. Regardless, Johnson & Johnson marketed the drug from treatment of mental disorders in children. Years later, children who were prescribed Risperdal began to experience serious side effects associated with the drug, particularly gynecomastia, which causes abnormal male breast growth.
Risperdal lawsuits have been filed nationwide. If you've experienced these adverse symptoms, contact us today!
What are the Risks Associated With Risperdal?
Risperdal can, in fact, be a life-saver for some, but it is not without risk. Risperdal an have serious, life-changing side effects.
Perhaps the most well-known side effect experienced by Risperdal is Gynecomastia, which stems from hyperprolactinemia, or excess prolactin, which plays a role in the growth and development of your breasts and its primary function is in milk production after a child is born.
Another side affect of Risperdal is Ileus, or an internal blockage.
Are There Still Lawsuits Going on For Risperdal in 2021?
It seems as if Johnson & Johnson, as well as sub company, Jansen have seen personal injury claims for Risperdal since the 2010. The allegations, starting in 2005, got the ball rolling for the Risperdal litigation to begin in 2010.
Over the past several years, the company has paid out several billions to victims of Risperdal including:
- 124 million to South Carolina
- 2.2 Billion to settle civil and criminal claims for misbranding
- for more than 45 states, including Kentucky, who further alleged that J&J actively concealed evidence, 7.8 million to Arkansas, 2.5 million to Alabama native
Studies are showing that even middle aged and older males may also have a case against Risperdal.
Can I Still Sue Even if Risperdal is RDA Approved?
In response to petitions of 11 pharmaceutical corporations, the FDA proposed in June 2014 guidance that would allow drug makers to use conflicting studies that understate risks contained on product labeling in order to promote a drug to the health care profession. As the law now stands, misrepresenting drug risks can land a drug company in deep trouble. That was what happened to Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen subsidiary for Risperdal.
Just because a drug is FDA approved, does not mean we shouldn't question the adverse side effects. ALWAYS consult with a pharmaceutical litigation attorney if you believe you've been injured because of a drug.
In fact, in 2015, a physician and former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Dr. David Kessler, stated that he would testify in the Risperdal lawsuit trials in Philadelphia, if need be.
What Does a Risperdal Gynecomastia Settlement Look Like?
Plaintiffs in Risperdal lawsuits allege, among numerous claims, that they or their minor sons developed gynecomastia, which is the abnormal enlargement of male breast tissue, as a result of using the Janssen Pharmaceuticals antipsychotic medication.
The medical costs associated with gynecomastia are bad enough. However, there is also a psychological toll that must be taken into account when calculating compensation for Risperdal victims.