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In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion in fines to resolve criminal and civil allegations that the company marketed Risperdal and other medications for unapproved uses and for paying kickbacks to physicians and nursing care facilities.
Risperdal is often prescribed to minors to treat autism, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Risperdal use has been linked to the development of breast tissue in young males and nipple soreness and in some cases milk production. The condition is called gynecomastia and it can be corrected with liposuction or in more severe cases surgery or a mastectomy.
Patients harmed by Risperdal continue to file lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and its pharmaceutical subsidiary Ortho-McNeil-Janssen, which manufactures the drug, accusing the defendants of misbranding and mismarketing the drug and for failing to adequately warn patients of the possible harmful side effects, such as:
If you or a family member was prescribed Risperdal and have experienced any of the conditions listed above or other adverse effects of the drug, you should consult with an attorney knowledgeable about such cases and the applicable law.
Many people damaged by the drug have successfully brought legal action and have recovered for financial losses that included lost wages, medical costs, and pain and suffering. Contact a lawyer today to ensure your rights are preserved and you receive the compensation you deserve.