Risperdal (risperidone) is a powerful anti-psychotic drug that was illegally marketed “off-label” to children. Many of these children developed disfiguring and traumatic side effects like gynecomastia (male breast growth). Today, Johnson & Johnson Risperdal settlements have topped $3 billion.
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$2.2 Billion Johnson & Johnson Risperdal Settlement
November 2013 — Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has agreed to a $2.2 billion settlement for lawsuits alleging that they illegally promoted Risperdal in children, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Prosecutors found that J&J knew Risperdal posed health risks in children, including breast growth (gynecomastia) and type-2 diabetes.
Despite multiple warnings from the FDA against marketing Risperdal to children, J&J instructed sales reps to contact child psychiatrists and mental health facilities and market Risperdal as a safe treatment for common behavior disorders in children (ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and more). Risperdal was marketed to children between 1999-2005, but it was not approved for any uses in children until 2006. Click here to read more.
Five More Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuit Settlements
October 2012 — The Philadelphia Inquirer has reported that Johnson & Johnson has agreed to settle four more Risperdal lawsuits before jury trials could begin. They may have wanted to avoid having David Kessler, former FDA Commissioner and a pediatrician by training, testifying in cases involving gynecomastia in children:
“J&J settled four so-called bellwether cases Thursday morning for undisclosed amounts. Asked if the prospect of Kessler testifying against the company prompted it to offer enough to settle, plaintiffs’ attorney Stephen Sheller said, “Yes.”
Risperdal Breast Growth Lawsuit Settlement on 1st Day of Trial
September 2012 — The first settlement in the Risperdal litigation was awarded to Aaron Banks, a 21 year-old man who started taking Risperdal when he was only 9 years old. Mr. Banks took Risperdal from 1999-2004, and developed severe gynecomastia (breast growth). In addition to surgery, Mr. Banks claims he suffered psychological trauma. According to his attorney:
“This drug caused female breasts to grow on little boys around the country. Their childhoods were stolen, but billions were made.”
Johnson & Johnson Risperdal Healthcare Fraud Lawsuits Settled for $2 Billion
January 2012 — Johnson & Johnson has also settled healthcare-fraud lawsuits brought by several states. These allegations were initially raised in 2004 by a whistleblower, Allen Jones. He was a former investigator for the Pennsylvania Office of the Inspector General, and he uncovered evidence that J&J made improper payments to a pharmacist in Pennsylvania’s state government.
J&J lost four consecutive lawsuits with the following states: South Carolina ($327 million), Louisiana ($257.7 million), Arkansas ($1.2 billion), and Texas ($158 million). These states’ Attorney General alleged that the taxpayer-funded healthcare system was defrauded when J&J provided questionable research and bribed state health officials to recommend Risperdal over cheaper, equally-effective anti-psychotic medications.
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