Risperdal® is an antipsychotic drug prescribed to treat certain mental and mood disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability associated with autism. Research has shown that Risperdal can cause gynecomastia—the development of abnormally large male breasts—in young boys and adolescents, which often requires surgery to correct.
If you or your child took Risperdal before its U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pediatric approvals in 2007 and developed gynecomastia, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other injury-related expenses. Contact our drug injury lawyers today—we want to help.
Risperdal® and Gynecomastia
In January 2012, Bloomberg reported that Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of Risperdal, was marketing the drug to doctors working with troubled children for uses not approved by the FDA in 2004.
Research has shown the risks Risperdal can pose to children. The largest study on the side effects of the drug in adolescents and children showed hormonal changes in male patients that led to the development of gynecomastia. Researchers concluded that Risperdal should be administered to children and adolescents with caution.
$2.5 Million Verdict in Risperdal® Gynecomastia Trial
In February 2015, Johnson & Johnson lost the first Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit to go to trial. Previous Risperdal side effect cases had settled out of court, including a $2.2 billion settlement in 2013. The lawsuit, brought by the family of an autistic boy who took the drug in 2002 and later developed large breasts, alleged that Johnson & Johnson improperly marketed the drug and did not warn patients of potential side effects, including gynecomastia.
A Philadelphia jury returned a guilty verdict, ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.5 million in damages to the boy and his family.
Protect Your Legal Rights
Our drug injury lawyers are here to help if you or your child took Risperdal before 2007 and developed gynecomastia. Give us a call today, and let us help protect your rights to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
About Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits
Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug used to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and irritability from autism. Researchers have linked Risperdal to gynecomastia, which is the development of large male breasts. Gynecomastia from RIsperdal primarily happens in adolescents and young boys. Gynecomastia from Risperdal may require surgery to correct.
Compensation for Risperdal Gynecomastia Injuries
Victims of gynecomastia from Risperdal may be entitled to money for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other possible forms of recovery, Because statutes of limitations can limit your time to file a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit, we suggest you contact a drug injury lawyer soon. For a free legal consultation on Risperdal and gynecomastia injuries simply fill out the contact form or call toll-free 1-866-232-5777.
Risperdal Linked to Tardive Dyskinesia
Tardive Dyskinesia is a neurological disorder that causes uncontrolled body movements. Tardive Dyskonesia is a serious and usually life-long illness. It may require years of medical care and lots of medical bills. If you think you or a loved one has Tardive Dyskinesia from taking Risperdal, don’t hesitate to call an attorney.
Risperdal’s Possible Risks to Children
Studies have shown that Risperdal can pose a risk to children. The researched linked gynecomastia to young male children. The study showed hormonal changes in young male children may cause gynecomastia.
Department of Justice Settles $2.2 Billion Risperdal Lawsuit to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations
Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $2.2 billion in a recent lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice. Johnson & Johnson plead guilty to misbranding Risperdal for unapproved uses, as well as for paying kickbacks to physicians and to Omnicare Inc., the largest pharmacy for nursing homes.
Other Possible Side Effects from Risperdal
- Gynecomstia (growth of male breasts, which may be painful or tender)
- Galactorrhea (production of milk from breasts)
- Diabetes, high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
- Bone loss (demineralization)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movement disorder)
- Weight gain (clinically significant)
- Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
- Heart problems – including heart attack and irregular heart rhythm
- Increased risk of stroke or death in elderly people with dementia
- Other serious diseases and health conditions
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Never stop taking any medication without first consulting your doctor. Risperdal® is a registered trademark of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and is used here only for the purpose of identifying the product in question. This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cases may be referred to other attorneys.