In September 2013, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, owned by Johnson & Johnson, voluntarily recalled the drug, Risperdal. This action was taken after the discovery of mold during its routine testing process. The company announced its recall from all the distributors, pharmacies, healthcare centers and wholesales. negative effects such as gynecomastia, diabetes and high blood pressure, sexual dysfunction and increased weight gain have all been attributed to the use of Risperdal. Drugs can have different side effects to different individuals depending on many factors. Our experienced team can help determine if you are eligible for financial compensation.
What is Risperdal?
Risperdal (Risperidone) is an antipsychotic drug approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder sold by Janessen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. Risperdal was initially approved in 1993 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of adults and children over the age of 13. In 2006 the FDA approved Risperdal for use in children with bipolar disorder, as well as irritability and aggression associated with autism. The drug is linked to a verity of adverse side effects.
Risperdal Side Effects
One common and disturbing side effect of taking Risperdal is gynecomastia, the abnormal growth of breast tissue in young males. This side effect is caused by Prolactin, a hormone that causes lactation and breast tissue growth. Risperdal may increase the levels of prolactin in males which can contribute to gynecomastia. In some cases a painful corrective surgery is required to remove the breast tissue.
The side effects of Risperdal are not limited to gynecomastia, other potential side effects may include:
- Heart Attack
- Hyperosmolar Coma
- Dysmenorrhea (cession of menstruation)
- Bone Loss and increased fracture ricks
- Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
- Tardive Dyskinesia (uncontrollable movements of face or other body parts)
- Painful, long-lasting erections
Johnson & Johnson was accused by the Department of Justice of illegally marking Risperdal for uses that it was not approved. The manufacturer promoted the drug extensively to treat children with symptoms of ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder and autism long before the FDA approved of the drug’s use on children. This type of marketing is not allowed and any adverse effect from such use is negligence if the manufacturer promoted the product for non-approved uses. The federal government eventually settled a case against the manufacturer for $2.2 Billion.
What can you do?
If you or a loved one has taken Risperdal and experienced any of the symptoms above we urge you to contact our Risperdal lawyers to fight for you. The drug companies need to be held accountable for the suffering you or your loved one may have suffered due to a diagnosis of gynecomastia. The team of experienced attorneys at United Law can help.
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