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$70 Million Risperdal Verdict

Rick Plezia July 12, 2016 Dangerous Drugs

The fifth lawsuit to go to trial in Pennsylvania resulted in a $70 million Risperdal verdict for a Tennessee man and his family. The Tennessee man took Risperdal as a child for the treatment of a severe psychiatric problem, but just a year after he began taking the drug, he started to develop male breasts, a condition called gynecomastia. Risperdal is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subdivision of Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

The trial began with a taped deposition from former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler who testified J&J obscured clinical trial data given to the FDA to conceal Risperdal’s risk of gynecomastia. The plaintiffs’ attorneys also produced internal emails indicating J&J knew about the increased risk of gynecomastia, but withheld the information from the FDA and the public.

The jury found J&J guilty of failing to warn patients and doctors of the risks associated with the drug. Additionally, the jury determined J&J “intentionally falsified, destroyed, or concealed records” that showed the link between Risperdal and gynecomastia.

What Is Risperdal?

Risperdal is an antipsychotic manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The FDA approved Risperdal in 1993 to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults. In 2006, the FDA expanded Risperdal’s uses for the treatment of autism and other behavioral disorders in children. In addition to gynecomastia, Risperdal can cause movement disorders, lactation in girls, and strokes in the elderly.

What Does This Mean For Other Risperdal Side Effects Victims?

Four gynecomastia lawsuits against Risperdal’s manufacturers have gone to trial so far, and while all of the results favored the plaintiff, this fifth lawsuit was the largest award given to a Risperdal victim so far. This Risperdal verdict continues to establish a precedent for other Risperdal lawsuits around the country seeking to hold J&J responsible for its negligence.

Risperdal Attorneys at Richard J. Plezia & Associates

Patients who experience adverse side effects or death as the result of Risperdal use can still make a claim against the manufacturer, but there is a limited time to act. If you or someone you know has developed unwanted side effects as the result of taking Risperdal, contact a Houston Risperdal lawsuit attorney at Richard J. Plezia & Associates today to discuss your case with no obligation.