Risperdal Lawsuits

North Carolina Risperdal Attorney

Risperdal (risperidone) is a powerful mood-altering medication created to treat teenagers and adults with schizophrenia and patients ages 10 and older with bipolar disorder.  The drug also is prescribed to treat irritability associated with autistic disorder in children between ages 5 through 16.

However, Risperdal can be dangerous. It’s been linked to death and stroke in older dementia patients and to breast growth – scientifically referred to as “gynecomastia” – in boys under 18.

As a result, Risperdal has been the target of several class-action lawsuits.  In what the U.S. Department of Justice called "one of the largest health care fraud settlements in U.S. history," Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a division of Johnson & Johnson and the manufacturer of Risperdal) pleaded guilty to various charges and was ordered to pay more than $1.6 billion.

If you or a loved one developed breast enlargement after Risperdal exposure or suffered other serious side effects, contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin for a free case evaluation. Call 1-866-900-7078. Our experienced and dedicated staff will listen to you and try to answer any questions you have. You may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Our law firm is committed to helping victims of dangerous drugs try to find justice.

Risperdal background

In 1993, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only approved Risperdal for treatment of adults with schizophrenia. However, according to the Department of Justice, Janssen promoted Risperdal for several “off-label” uses (uses for which it was neither tested nor approved by the FDA) to treat conditions such as dementia in the elderly.

In April 2005, the FDA ordered Janssen to add a “black box warning” – the agency’s strongest warning about a drug – to Risperdal’s label. This warning advertised the link the FDA found between the drug and an increased risk of death among elderly patients.

In 2012, Risperdal was the focus of a $181 million settlement over allegations that the drug was improperly marketed for use in children. And in November 2013, the FDA announced a guilty plea agreement with Janssen, including a $400 million criminal fine for introducing a misbranded drug (Risperdal) into interstate commerce.  Janssen also was ordered to pay $1.25 billion under a separate civil Risperdal settlement.

The U.S. Department of Justice alleged that Janssen and Johnson & Johnson knew about the serious Risperdal health risks to the elderly, including increased risk of stroke, but the companies downplayed those risks.

Risperdal side effects

Side effects of Risperdal include:

  • Breast development in boys (gynecomastia)
  • Unwanted milk production in girls
  • Increased levels of prolactin
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • A higher risk of death among elderly people with dementia
  • Tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movement disorder)
  • Other conditions

A Risperdal attorney may be able to help if you or a loved one experienced side effects after taking this drug. Call 1-866-900-7078 today to find out if you have a case against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses (current and future) as well as current and future lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, emotional distress and other possible damages.

Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin

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The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin consults with a national network of attorneys on product liability, defective drugs, and defective products cases in an attempt to provide the best representation we can for our clients. Depending on the details of your case, our firm will likely refer your matter to another law firm with which we associate. We will only do this if we believe it is in your best interests and if you agree.