Study Released as Risperdal Lawsuits Alleging Use of Antipsychotic Drug Caused Gynecomastia (Male Breast Growth) in Men and Boys Continue to Move Forward in Pennsylvania
Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced law firm representing clients in Risperdal lawsuits, notes that a new study has linked use of the atypical antipsychotic medication to gynecomastia, or male breast growth. The release of the study, which was presented in March at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, comes as scores of Risperdal lawsuits alleging the use of the medication caused gynecomastia in boys and men continue to move forward in a mass tort litigation underway in Pennsylvania state court.
(adverseevents.com/monitor/2014/03/18/risperidone-linked-to-higher-rates-of-gynecomastia-compared-to-other-antipsychotics/, Adverse Events, March 18, 2014)
The new study looked at data from mental health insurance claims for more than 1 million men between the ages of 45 and 80. Nearly 8,300 of these subjects were reported to have gynecomastia, a condition marked by swollen and painful breast tissue, and sometimes a discharge from the nipple. Men who were taking Risperdal or Invega (which contains an active metabolite of the active ingredient in Risperdal) were 69% more likely to develop breast growth than those who took Seroquel or Zyprexa.
While the study only looked at older men, its authors cautioned that Risperdal and Invega can also cause gynecomastia in boys, and recommended that alternative antipsychotics be considered for male patients of any age.
According to court documents, more than 350 Risperdal lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit in a mass tort proceeding underway in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania, all of which allege use of the medication caused patients to suffer serious side effects, including gynecomastia. Bloomberg News reported in October 2012 that Johnson & Johnson reached undisclosed settlements in five Risperdal gynecomastia claims filed in the Pennsylvania litigation just before the cases went to trial. Since then, court records indicate that some 80 Risperdal gynecomastia claims have been settled, though dozens remain unresolved and filings continue. (In Re: Risperdal Litigation, Case ID. 100300296)
(Bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-04/johnson-johnson-agrees-to-settle-five-rispersal-suits.html, Bloomberg News, October 10, 2012)
This past November, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in which they agreed to pay $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil charges involving improper off-label marketing of Risperdal and other drugs. Among other thing, federal prosecutors had charged that Risperdal was improperly marketed for use in children before it was approved for such uses in 2006. The government had also charged that the companies marketed Risperdal as a treatment for elderly dementia patients, an indication for which it has not received regulatory approval. Finally, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen were accused of concealing Risperdal side effects, including the risk of male breast growth.
(justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/November/13-ag-1170.html?source=email_rt_mc_body&app=n, DOJ, November 4, 2013)
Victims of gynecomastia allegedly associated with the use of Risperdal may be eligible to file their own Risperdal lawsuit. To learn more, or to arrange for a free legal consultation with an attorney at Wright & Schulte LLC, please visit yourlegalhelp.com, or call 1-800-399-0795.
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