More than 350 Risperdal Lawsuits Are Currently Pending in Federal Court Alleging Side-Effects from the Antipsychotic Drug.
Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced personal injury law firm representing plaintiffs in Risperdal lawsuits, notes that the First Judicial District Court of Pennsylvania’s website shows a meeting has been scheduled for May 13 to consider litigation regarding the Risperdal Gynecomastia lawsuit currently pending. According to court documents, a mass tort proceeding is underway in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania, involving more than 350 Risperdal lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. unit, which manufacturers Risperdal. The lawsuits allege that the use of Risperdal caused patients to suffer serious side effects, including gynecomastia, which is breast growth in men. (Risperdal Litigation, case number 100300296)
Court documents indicate some men who filed Risperdal lawsuits involving gynecomastia allege they were forced to undergo liposuction or mastectomies to remove excess breast tissue, and suffered severe psychological and emotional distress because of the gynecomastia, even after the removal of the excess breast tissue. The Risperdal complaints also purports that Johnson & Johnson concealed the risk of male breast growth from patients and the medical community, and marketed the medication for use in children before receiving approval from the FDA to do so. Court documents further show that close to 80 gynecomastia cases have been settled in Pennsylvania while many are pending and Risperdal complaints continue to be filed.
Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic drug approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for treating bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and irritability in autistic children and adolescents. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. began marketing Risperdal in March 2002 as a treatment that was safe and effective to use for agitation associated with dementia patients. The FDA states that physicians to use drugs to treat symptoms or disease which the agency did not originally approve for those uses. However, the FDA contends that if a pharmaceutical manufacturer plans to market and sell the drugs for a new purpose that has not received clearance from the FDA, the agency condors the drugs “misbranded” and marketing and selling the drugs are a violation of federal law.
The FDA warned Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. of its “misleading marketing messages” to doctors regarding the use of Risperdal. When a whistleblower complaint was filed, the FDA launched a criminal investigation that resulted in charges being brought by the federal justice department against Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. In November 2013, a plea agreement was reached in which Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. would plead guilty, pay a $400 million criminal fine and pay a separate civil settlement of $1.25 billion, for promoting Risperdal to health care providers as a treatment for psychotic symptoms and behavioral disturbances exhibited by elderly dementia patients.
[fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm373499.htm, November 4, 2013]
[justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/November/13-ag-1170.html?source=email_rt_mc_body&app=n,%20DOJ,%20November%204,%202013, November 4, 2013]
Wright & Schulte LLC continues to evaluate gynecomastia complaints allegedly associated with the use of Risperdal and offers free case evalutions to those who believe they have suffered side effects from the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Contact Wright & Schutle LLC today by visiting www.yourlegalhelp.com or by calling 1-800-399-0795 to speak with one of the firms experienced attorneys.
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