The antipsychotic medication Risperdal was originally designed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism. However, it has also been prescribed to hundreds of thousands of children for the unapproved treatment of ADHD due to the marketing efforts of Johnson & Johnson.
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In 2012, J&J was fined over $1.2 billion by federal and state authorities for this alleged false marketing. Now, the company faces a new kind of Risperdal lawsuit from thousands of patients, due to severe side effects like abnormal male breast growth and diabetes in children.
A recent CBS News report chronicled the growing concern over gynecomastia in adult and adolescent males caused by Risperdal. The condition causes non-reversible growth of breasts, as well as occasional milk production and delayed sexual development. This can have devastating results and require major surgery.
J&J didn’t properly warn patients of these risks, although studies show that as many as 2% of children could be affected. In fact, reports show boys as young as 5 years old have been stricken with the condition. As a result, they have already begun settling cases with families who’ve filed a Risperdal lawsuit.
Additionally, experts believe thousands of families may file a Risperdal lawsuit over the drug causing childhood diabetes based on a recent study showing it can triple the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Lawyers are helping those affected file claims. If you or a loved one developed abnormal breast growth or diabetes after taking Risperdal, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us today.
So far, nearly 500 families affected by the severe effects of this drug have filed a Risperdal lawsuit in various state courts around the country. However, with awareness growing, experts believe the expanding amount of cases may eventually be consolidated to a special federal multidistrict court.
The first of these lawsuits, which was scheduled for trial last year, involved a 21-year-old male who developed breasts so large he had to undergo a painful mastectomy surgery. Before the trial began, J&J settled the case for an unpublicized amount. They have now settled all six cases that have reached trial.
Now, lawyers are also helping patients who developed diabetes from the drug seek compensation. A study from Vanderbilt University published in August, 2013 found that drugs like Risperdal can triple the risk of children developing type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes can contribute to a number of lifelong complications such as hearing problems, vision problems, skin problems and high blood pressure. It can also require constant monitoring and treatment.
Although Janssen and J&J knew of the dangers of Risperdal, they didn’t properly warn patients. Therefore, those affected shouldn’t face their conditions without help from the company who profited.
A qualified lawyer can discuss your case to let you know whether it qualifies for a lawsuit and how long you have to take action. They can also gather the necessary records, file your claim and prepare for trial or a settlement at no cost to you unless you receive a recovery.
However, due to the complex nature of defective drug lawsuits like this, it is important to choose a lawyer with experience handling these cases and recovering against large drug companies.
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For more information on the warnings, research, side effects and legal action related to Risperdal, or to speak directly with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to help.
Last Modified: Monday, March 10, 2014