Texas Risperdal Lawyer
Risperdal (risperidone) is a medication used to treat severe psychotic disorders. It has been linked to many severe side effects, especially when it is prescribed “off-label” to children — a use not approved by the FDA. Side effects may include severe weight gain, enlargement of of male breasts (gynecomastia), diabetes, tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movement disorder), and more. Even with surgery or life-long medical care, these Risperdal side effects may be permanent.
Do I Have a Risperdal Lawsuit? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one has been injured after taking Risperdal, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Risperdal lawsuit or joining a class action.
UPDATE: 2013 Risperdal Settlement Awarded for $2.2 Billion
November 13, 2013 — Evidence that Risperdal clinical trial data was withheld for years. Click here to read more.
November 4, 2013 – Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will pay $2.2 billion to settle criminal and civil fines with the Department of Justice (DOJ) that they improperly marketed Risperdal to elderly dementia patients and children who developed severe side effects, including gynecomastia and type-2 diabetes. Click here to read more.
Risperdal (risperidone) is an antipsychotic drug that treats several severe mood disorders. It was first approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993 for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults; since then, it has been approved for several other conditions. Risperdal was manufactured by the drug company Janssen, which is now a unit of Johnson & Johnson.
Risperdal and Gynecomastia
Risperdal has been associated with an increase in levels of a hormone called prolactin, which plays many roles in the body — including growth of breast tissue. In females, this can cause a condition called glactorrhea, or production of milk. In males, excessive prolactin can cause a condition called gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia is the growth or enlargement of male breast tissue. The tissue is non-cancerous and poses no physical health risks; however, the psychological and social injuries can be devastating — especially when gynecomastia affects adolescent males. Many doctors recommend surgery to reduce breast tissue. In mild or moderate cases, liposuction may be an effective option. In severe cases, however, a surgical procedure called a mastectomy may be necessary to remove breast tissue and excess skin.
At least as early as 1999, researchers have linked the use of Risperdal to gynecomastia. Several studies have verified an association between Risperdal and gynecomastia, especially in young males. This study, published in Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology in 2006, warned:
“Risperidone administered to adolescents at doses commonly used for the treatment of psychotic symptoms can strongly increase prolactin levels, with clinical consequences such as gynecomastia and/or galactorrhea. Given that the long-term effects of antipsychotic drug-induced hyperprolactinemia are not well documented, especially regarding osteopenia, infertility, growth, and pubertal delay, risperidone should be administered with caution to children and adolescents.”
Risperdal Lawsuit Settlements
In September 2012, Johnson & Johnson settled a lawsuit filed by a young man who took Risperdal as a child and suffered severe gynecomastia, which required surgical treatment. Aron Banks used Risperdal when he was between the ages of 9 and 14, from 1999 until 2004. On the first day of the trial, Mr. Banks agreed to a settlement with Johnson & Johnson. As part of the agreement, the amount of the settlement remains confidential.
As of September 2012, there are an additional 420 lawsuits pending in courthouses throughout the United States. Of these, 130 involve gynecomastia claims.
J&J Pays Billions for “Off-Label” Risperdal Marketing
Johnson & Johnson has already settled several federal and state lawsuits brought by government attorneys. These lawsuits allege that the company engaged in illegal off-label marketing, created a pay-off scheme to incentivize nursing homes to prescribe Risperdal (despite the fact that Risperdal increases the risk of death among elderly people with dementia), and defrauded the state Medicare system.
Johnson & Johnson has already settled with the U.S. Justice Department for $2.2 billion. In January 2012, the company also agreed to settle with Texas State Attorney General for $158 million to prevent the lawsuit from going to trial. Several other states have also filed lawsuits.
Studies Link Risperdal and Diabetes
Risperdal is associated with an increased risk of type-2 diabetes and hyperglycemia (high blood-sugar) in children and adults. Risperdal can lead to the development of “medically serious” weight gain, which predisposes patients to diabetes. Click here to read more.
- Pharmacotherapy (2003), “Risperidone-associated diabetes mellitus: a pharmacovigilance study” — 131 cases of high blood-sugar (hyperglycemia) linked to the use of Risperdal.
- American Journal of Epidemiology (2006), “Diabetes Risk Associated with Use of Olanzapine, Quetiapine, and Risperidone in Veterans Health Administration Patients with Schizophrenia” — Study links Risperdal and weight-gain that “may contribute to the increased risk of diabetes.”
Risperdal Side Effects
- Gynecomastia (male breast growth)
- Blood sugar disorders (hyperglycemia)
- Severe or excessive weight gain
- Tumors in the pituitary gland
- Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
- Tardive dyskinesia (disorder of involuntary movement)
- Heart attack
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Bone loss
- Increased risk of death for elderly people with dementia
Do I have a Risperdal Lawsuit?
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