If you have been affected by Risperdal gynecomastia, you may be eligible for a claim in the Risperdal lawsuit.
As you may already know, there is now accumulating scientific evidence showing the link between Risperdal and the swelling of breast tissue in males.
Taking Risperdal can cause elevated levels of a hormone called prolactin. Prolactin is normally found in expectant and breast feeding mothers, and aids in the lactation process in breastfeeding.
However, when prolactin levels are abnormally high in males, this can cause the swelling of breast tissue, which can result in male breasts. This can be painful and embarrassing for the often young men taking Risperdal.
Risperdal Illegally Marketed to Children
The Risperdal statute of limitations is really unfortunate for some, and here’s why:
Risperdal was released to be sold for public use in 1993. At the time, it only had FDA approval to be used for adults with schizophrenia.
It wasn’t until 2006 that Risperdal became approved for any use with children, and that was for the treatment of the irritability associated with autism spectrum disorders in children aged 5-17.
In 2007 Risperdal was approved for the treatment of psychosis related to schizophrenia in adolescents aged 13-17, and mania from bipolar disorder in kids aged 10-17.
However, Risperdal was being prescribed to children long before the FDA approval.
Doctors and healthcare providers are allowed to make “judgement calls” when they feel a medicine might help, and prescribe it for non-approved, of off-label uses.
Risperdal was prescribed to children many years before the FDA ever gave approval for it.
But the intentions of some of these doctors and institutions are questionable, as Risperdal manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, illegally marketed the drug for use with children.
In addition, it has been proven in a court of law that Janssen bribed doctors to prescribe the drug.
Not only did Janssen illegally market the drug to children, they were involved in a scam of providing illegal incentives to doctors and pharmaceutical companies to prescribe their drug.
As a result of Janssen’s misconduct, many children were prescribed Risperdal prematurely, before there were proper safety testing procedures and clinical trials.
Now that Risperdal has been approved for some use in children, studies are being published showing that Risperdal can cause hormonal imbalance, and the painful swelling of male breast tissue leading to Risperdal gynecomastia.
Risperdal Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is different in each state, but is impacting the Risperdal lawsuit.
Some states start the Risperdal statute of limitations from the day a person was diagnosed with gynecomastia, others start the Risperdal statute of limitations from the first time the breast swelling occurred or was noticed by the individual.
The problem is, the children who were prematurely prescribed Risperdal before the FDA approval may have experienced Risperdal gynecomastia and never knew it.
Gynecomastia sometimes occurs during puberty all on its own. But gynecomastia occurs at a much higher rate when the young adolescent is taking Risperdal.
Thus, these children may have experienced Risperdal gynecomastia, and all the problems associated with it and never even knew.
Now, science is pouring in on the adverse Risperdal side effects, including Risperdal gynecomastia.
However, for those who were prematurely prescribed Risperdal 10 or 15 years ago, the statute of limitations may have already run out.
Statute of limitation sanctions vary greatly state by state; it is recommended that you seek the counsel of a Risperdal lawyer to determine if you are affected by the Risperdal statute of limitations. We can help you with this, at no charge.
It’s important that if you have a claim, you start the Risperdal claims process immediately.
At Band Gates & Dramis we pride ourselves in the expedition of the Risperdal claims process, getting your claim to the best Risperdal lawyer available, and ensuring it gets the attention it deserves.
We offer a free, no obligation consultation. If your claims becomes a part of the Risperdal lawsuit, our attorneys do not charge a fee until you collect a fair Risperdal settlement.
Don’t let time pass, as the Risperdal statute of limitations may be approaching.
Call Band Gates & Dramis Attorneys to get started on your Risperdal lawsuit today.