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The Risperdal Lawsuits: An Introduction

The Risperdal Lawsuit

risperdal lawsuitRisperdal is an atypical antipsychotic drug sold by Johnson and Johnson’s pharmaceutical unit, Janssen. It is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and is also used for irritability in children aged 5-16 with autism spectrum disorders. It is also sometimes used for the off-label use of behavioral treatment for ADHD.

The drug is one of Janssen’s best sellers, bringing in as much as over $4.5 billion in sales at its peak in 2007. However, there is a huge problem with the drug.

 

Some of the boys and men who take Risperdal have developed male breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia.

The Risperdal lawsuits are an attempt to seek compensation for the medical harm and losses caused by the Risperdal side effects. People affected will have to undergo medical procedures, even surgery to correct the problems caused by Risperdal. Read more detailed information on the Risperdal lawsuits below.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the development and enlargement of breast tissues in males.

It can happen on one or both sides or the chest, and may develop evenly or unevenly. It is a major source of distress, pain, and embarrassment for these (often young) men.

Risperdal can cause a number of other side effects and health problems. These side effects can include significant weight gain, and a movement disorder called tardive dyskinesia.

Click here for detailed information on the Risperdal side effects.

risperdal gynecomastiaSo imagine you have a young male child, or a loved one who is taking Risperdal for a certain psychological condition which already causes them a great deal of distress and interferes with their daily functioning. Then, to make things worse, they have been prescribed Risperdal which causes them to develop serious side effects such as serious weight gain and to everyone’s surprise, the development of female-like breasts.

The breasts growth caused by Risperdal gynecomastia is different from normal weight gain; it is the development of actual breast tissue and can even cause nipple lactation.

This can cause extreme stress, embarrassment and social impairment for the individual, who is already likely to be having a hard time because of the psychological issues.

Treatment for gynecomastia typically includes hormonal therapy and/or invasive surgery to remove the breasts.

How does Gynecomastia Happen?

Gynecomastia, or the development of male breast tissue is caused by hormonal imbalance. It is associated with the female hormone prolactin.

Prolactin typically causes the development of breasts in young women, and also triggers lactation (or breast milk) in pregnant women.

However, Risperdal has been shown to cause abnormally high levels of prolactin in men and boys. The elevated levels of prolactin caused by Risperdal can last up to two years after taking the medication, and can cause the development of male breasts and sometimes even nipple secretion.

The Risperdal Lawsuit

Men or boys who have experienced gynecomastia as a result of taking Risperdal may be entitled to file a Risperdal lawsuit. Risperdal lawsuits have already been filed with success against Janssen, and it is anticipated that many more are to follow.

A Risperdal settlement is a monetary award from the court that gives the plaintiff (the individual making the claim of Risperdal injury) compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and other damages.

Victims of Risperdal gynecomastia will have to undergo hormonal therapy and likely surgery to remove the breast tissue. It is very unfortunate, risky, painful, and costly.

If you or a loved one have been affected by Risperdal gynecosmastia, we can help. Our experienced Risperdal attorneys are offering a free consultation to determine if you have a viable legal claim.

We do not charge for our legal services unless you collect a settlement.

The consultation is quick and easy, and the process can be started by simply filling out our online claims form, or calling the number below.

1-800-499-6652

Don’t suffer in silence. Contact us at Consumer Claims Center of America to start your Risperdal lawsuit today.

Risperdal Lawsuit News: Settlements Won

Settlements Reached Quickly in Early Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits

The Risperdal lawsuit is in full swing, having already settled several claims. The first Risperdal lawsuit was filed on behalf of a young man who developed male breasts after taking Risperdal. It was settled on the first day of court, in September, 2012.

risperdal lawsuitFive more Risperdal settlements were negotiated in state courts of Pennsylvania on October 3, 2012.

The plaintiffs alleged that Risperdal, an atypical antipsychotic medication caused them to develop male breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia.

They claim that Janssen, the pharmaceutical subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson failed to warn them about their risks of developing gynecomastia.

Plaintiffs in the Risperdal lawsuit also allege the drug was marketed for unapproved, or “off label” uses.

Janssen is being held responsible for their medical bills and pain and suffering, but the settlement amounts for the Risperdal lawsuits were not disclosed publicly.

There is speculation that the Janssen’s defense is settling before the testimony of Dr. David Kessler, a former FDA commissioner, is put on record.

Dr. Kessler has stated publicly that he believes Janssen broke the law by marketing Risperdal for unapproved, off label uses.

State Courts are Suing Johnson and Johnson for Improper Marketing

Johnson and Johnson has already been ordered to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars in Risperdal settlements to state courts.

For example Louisiana has ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay $258 million in penalties for making false claims about the safety of Risperdal.

When a manufacturer sells a drug they can only advertise it for FDA approved uses. In the case of Risperdal, claimants allege that the drug was improperly marketed for unapproved uses to both children and the elderly.

Risperdal has been found to increase mortality rates in the elderly, causing a higher risk of death due to conditions such as pneumonia and heart attack.

South Carolina courts have ordered a $327 million dollar penalty against the company for illegal marketing.

In addition to off label marketing, Johnson and Johnson is accused of giving doctors financial incentives to prescribe Risperdal.

Many other states have expressed interest in suing Johnson and Johnson for medicare reimbursement, on the basis that the company marketed it for off label uses.

 It’s the Right Time to Start Your Risperdal Lawsuit

risperdal settlementIf you have been affected by Risperdal gynecomastia, you may be eligible for compensation from a Risperdal lawsuit. The Risperdal lawsuit is currently being organized into an MDL, and over 600 individual claims are pending.

Click here to learn about the pending Risperdal MDL.

Once the Risperdal MDL is formed, a Risperdal settlement is expected to be awarded shortly after. Now is the time to find out if you qualify for a Risperdal settlement.

Fill out the online claim form on this page, or call the number below for a free consultation.

1-800-499-6652