Risperidone, typically referred to by its brand name Risperdal, is an antipsychotic medication used in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism spectrum disorder. In some cases, the medication is used for off-label treatment of depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleep disorders, and anxiety disorders. Risperdal has come under fire amidst allegations that it can cause young boys and men to develop breasts. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Risperdal lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those injured by unsafe drugs and medications. We are a large regional personal injury law firm, and we invite you to contact us today for a free consultation if risperidone or Risperdal has caused you or a loved one harm.Risperdal Can Cause Dangerous Side Effects
Risperdal is a prescription medication that initially received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993. It is manufactured by Jansenn Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and can be taken orally or via injection. Research has shown that Risperdal can cause negative side effects including:
- Gynecomastia – males developing breasts
- Increased appetite
- Weight gain
- Stomach pain
Gynecomastia is a condition that causes boys and young men to grow abnormally large breasts. These breasts typically resemble female breasts and, in some cases, cause boys and young men to produce breast milk. Gynecomastia can cause significant discomfort in that area in addition to obvious emotional distress when it comes to body image. Removal of the breasts typically entails surgery, with residual scarring being possible.
In 2013, Johnson & Johnson was fined $2.2 billion by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) after being accused of improperly marketing Risperdal to older adults, children, and people with developmental disabilities and recommending the drug for unapproved uses. As the Risperdal attorneys at our Memphis firm can explain, federal officials claimed that Johnson & Johnson had known for years that children were particularly susceptible to certain health risks by taking Risperdal, including boys developing breasts, but failed to disclose such risks to the public. Instead, Johnson & Johnson continued to market the drug as being safe and effective for children.Filing a Lawsuit for Risperdal Injuries
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson, with most of the plaintiffs being males who developed breasts. Many of the lawsuits allege claims of improper and unlawful marketing practices. If you or a loved one has suffered side effects after taking Risperdal, financial compensation may be available. Victims can recover compensatory damages such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Depending on the facts, the jury could award punitive damages, a special class of damages designed to punish a defendant drug maker from egregious conduct and deter others from acting similarly in the future. Each state has its own laws regarding damages, so to ensure your legal rights remain protected, you should contact a Risperdal lawyer in the Memphis area as soon as possible.Call NST for a Free Consultation Today
Do not delay in calling a lawyer if you or a loved one took Risperdal and developed any of the side effects listed above. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz handles all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not need to pay a retainer or any attorney fee up front. Instead, the attorney fee is taken out of the recovery. Our Risperdal attorneys serve clients throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. For a free consultation with a mass tort or product liability attorney, call 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.