All About the Risperdal Lawsuit
To understand the Risperdal lawsuit, we must first introduce Risperdal, a psychiatric drug that belongs to the “atypical antipsychotics” class.
Risperdal is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. It’s active ingredient is risperdone, which is considered the generic name of the drug, while Risperdal is the brand name.
Risperdal was first approved in 1993 for use as an antipsychotic for individuals suffering from schizophrenia; it was approved for use in adults and adolescents. Later, Risperdal also received FDA approval for treating manic episodes in bipolar disorder for children aged 10 and up and adults, as well as being approved for treatment of the irritability associated with autism spectrum disorders in children age 5-17 years old.
Part of the Risperdal lawsuit is about Janssen unlawfully promoting the drug. Plaintiff’s allege that the drug was being marketed for off-label uses. [Off-label uses are uses that do not have FDA approval.]
Plaintiff’s even allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals illegally incentivised doctors to prescribe their drug, offering perks like golf trips and gifts.
Most notably, men who took Risperdal may have experienced the growth of male breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia.
Pharmaceutical companies are required to rigorously test their products before selling them on the market. The Risperdal gynecomastia should have been noticed in clinical trials before the release of Risperdal.
Did Janssen fail to discover this serious and life altering Risperdal side effect?
Or did they simply decide to keep it secret?
Either way, Johnson and Johnson now faces hundreds of Risperdal lawsuits from those affected by Risperdal gynecomastia. These Risperdal lawsuit claims insist that Janssen should have known about the Risperdal gynecomastia, and should have informed healthcare providers and consumers alike of the risks.
Risperdal Causes Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is a medical condition in which male breast tissue becomes swollen and enlarged, possibly leading to the development of male breasts, and even nipple lactation.
Risperdal gynecomastia can occur on one or both sides of the chest.
This condition is caused by a hormonal imbalance. Risperdal significantly increases levels of a hormone called prolactin. Prolactin is usually seen in females during normal breast development and also for breastfeeding.
However, Risperdal causes elevated prolactin levels in both men and boys, an effect that can last up to two years. These high levels of prolactin can cause the development of male breasts, a painful and often embarrassing condition that requires medical attention.
Risperdal gynecomastia may be treatable by hormone therapy, but often requires surgery to correct.
Risperdal gynecomastia often necessitates surgery to correct. This procedure is called a mastectomy.
Several credible scientific studies now link Risperdal to gynecomastia. To read more about the science behind the Risperdal lawsuit, click here.
The science supporting the claims of Risperdal gynecomastia will become evidence during the Risperdal hearings.
The Risperdal Lawsuit is in Process
So far, hundreds of Risperdal lawsuits have been filed claiming Risperdal gynecomastia.
The very first Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit to go to court was settled on the first day. Johnson and Johnson’s legal counsel saw that they couldn’t win and offered a monetary settlement in lieu of fighting a futile legal battle.
As of May 2014, meetings began to organize and petition for the Risperdal Multidistrict Litigation, or Risperdal MDL.
Because there are hundreds of Risperdal gynecomastia claims, it will be more efficient to organize the claims into a multidistrict litigation, or MDL.
An MDL is a way to organize similar claims. An MDL transfers hundreds and sometimes thousands of very similar claims coming from different states into one federal court room, to be heard by a single US judge.
There are many advantages of an MDL, compared to a class action lawsuit. The Risperdal lawsuits are not technically class action lawsuits, but rather individual claims that will start out in a multidistrict litigation.
For a detailed description of an MDL and what this could mean for your Risperdal lawsuit, click here.
The Risperdal lawsuit is happening, and now is the time to take action if you too have been affected by adverse Risperdal side effects.
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