The Risperdal Settlements
If you have been adversely affected by Risperdal, a Risperdal settlement might be in your future.
The Risperdal lawsuits are now under way, and focus on the problem of Risperdal induced gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is the male growth of breast tissue, caused by Risperdal can induce abnormally high levels of prolactin in men and boys too.
The result can be actual growth of male breasts, in boys and men alike. In some cases, the victims of Risperdal even experience nipple secretion (like breast milk in women, but coming from male nipples).
To learn more about Risperdal gynecomastia, click here.
If you or a loved one have experienced Risperdal gynecomastia, you may be entitled to a Risperdal settlement.
Why Sue for a Risperdal Settlement?
The manufacturer of Risperdal is Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.
Janssen, like all pharmaceutical companies, has an important responsibility to uphold: they must make sure the medicines they sell are safe, and beneficial to the consumer. This is why these companies are required to run test after test on their new products; these tests are usually referred to as clinical trials.
New drugs are usually tested for years before being released on the market, first on animal test subjects and eventually on humans.
This victims of Risperdal gynecomastia allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals either knew, or should have known of the risks of dangerous Risperdal side effects including weight gain, diabetes, stroke, and gynecomastia. It is a drug company’s ethical and legal responsibility to become aware of any potential dangers associated with a particular medicine, and make it clearly known to the healthcare providers prescribing them, and the patients taking them.
Furthermore, Janssen Pharmaceuticals took it upon themselves to market Risperdal for children without FDA approval. Risperdal was not approved for the use of treating children with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia until late 2007, but claimants allege it has been marketing the drug to children since as early as 2003.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals have also been accused of offering incentives to physicians to prescribe Risperdal to children, a highly unethical and illegal act in the medical community. Claimants allege that Janssen offered incentives to healthcare providers such as golfing trips and other perks in order to increase sales for their risky drug.
If Janssen Pharmaceuticals had been honest about the risks of gynecomastia in men and boys, it’s likely that healthcare providers, patients, and parents alike would have taken alternative actions to help their loved ones get the treatment they needed, instead of risking such invasive Risperdal side effects as male breasts.
Risperdal Settlements are Already being Awarded
Janssen Pharmaceuticals has already paid out one of the biggest medical settlements in history – $2.2 billion – to settle charges brought forth by the federal government regarding their illegal marketing practices for Risperdal.
Risperdal was being used illegally to manage behavioral issues with older adults who are suffering from dementia, despite the extreme risks of death that this particular drug poses to the elderly. The corporation plead guilty to these charges, but has not yet admitted to the wrongful marketing of Risperdal to children, although there is ample evidence to suggest that illegal activity took place here as well.
However, Janssen has been quick to settle Risperdal gynecomastia cases thus far, not wanting to attract additional media attention.
The first Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit, heard in a Philadelphia courtroom was settled on the first day of court. Janssen Pharmaceuticals didn’t bother to fight, because their corporate lawyers knew they had no case. The next five Risperdal gynecomastia settlements were also settled quickly.
Janssen stopped fighting these 5 settlements when it became known that the plaintiffs’ Risperdal lawyers intended to call Dr. David Kessler to the stand.
Dr. Kessler is a former FDA commissioner who has publicly stated that he believes Janssen Pharmaceuticals broke the law by marketing Risperdal for unapproved, off-label uses.
Janssen pharmaceuticals and Johnson and Johnson are now facing over 400 personal injury claims over Risperdal. In addition to hundreds of Risperdal personal injury lawsuits, they also face state attorney generals on charges that they have illegally marketed their drug. Johnson and Johnson certainly has its hands full, and rightly so.
If the company had behaved ethically in the first place they wouldn’t be in trouble. If they had made healthcare their #1 priority, rather than making money, these hundreds of boys and men wouldn’t have had to suffer Risperdal gynecomastia, and other dangerous Risperdal side effects.
You may be Eligible for a Risperdal Settlement
If you or your family have been affected by Risperdal, it is extremely important that you contact us here at Reich & Binstock to see if you have a legal case against Johnson and Johnson.
It is clear that Johnson and Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals has put the public in harm’s way by marketing their dangerous drug illegally. The effect is causing tremendous physical and psychological pain to those affected, as well as high monetary burdens because of the additional healthcare and surgery required once a person develops Risperdal gynecomastia.
It is our legal right as a consumer to be informed of any significant risks we are taking when we take a given medicine. Janssen Pharmaceuticals did not warn the public about these risks, and in fact the went out of their way to illegally market this risky drug to children.
Call us today; we work with expert personal injury attorneys who are well-versed in the Risperdal lawsuit. We offer a free claims evaluation that is quick and easy. You can fill out this online claims form on this page, or call the number below to get started immediately.
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We are here to serve. We know Risperdal is causing pain and suffering because we work with victims of Risperdal every day. Do not suffer in silence; exercise your right to hire legal representation to fight for your Risperdal settlement today.