Risperdal Class Action Lawsuit
Did you or your son suffer abnormal breast development, also called gynecomastia, after taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal?
If so, you may be eligible to pursue compensation from the manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, or one of its affiliates, for damages, such as medical expenses, disfigurement, and pain and suffering.
At Gordon and Partners, our Risperdal injury lawyers are available to review your potential defective drug claim at zero risk or obligation to you. If you have an eligible claim and choose to move forward, we charge nothing for our services unless we first obtain a recovery on your behalf.
Our defective drug lawyers have decades of experience, and we have obtained hundreds of millions on behalf of injured victims throughout the state of Florida. We are prepared to manage your defective drug lawsuit and aggressively pursue maximum compensation on your behalf. Founding partner and attorney, Robert E. Gordon is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar Board of Certification.
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Is My Case Eligible For A Lawsuit?
Defective drug cases are complicated, which is why we recommend consulting with a qualified attorney to review the specifics of your potential claim.
If you or your child was prescribed Risperdal prior to 2006, you could have a valid claim against the manufacturer for illegally promoting the drug for off-label use. The FDA did not approve the use of Risperdal for children until that time.
Patients who developed gynecomastia after taking a prescription for Risperdal may also have grounds for a lawsuit against the manufacturer for failure to warn both physician staff and patients about the potential for developing gynecomastia.
Symptoms of gynecomastia include:
- Enlarged or swollen nipples
- Breast pain
- Nipple discharge
- Enlarged breasts
- Atypical weight gain
If you developed gynecomastia or suffered other serious side effects from using prescription Risperdal, we encourage you to contact one of our defective drug attorneys at Gordon and Partners. We can determine whether you may have a claim and discuss your legal options.
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How Much is My Risperdal Case Worth?
If you have a valid case, you may be eligible to file for compensation for the damages you suffered, which could include:
- All related medical expenses, including those which may occur in the future
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Surgical interventions that may be required, such as plastic or reconstructive surgery
History of Risperdal
The antipsychotic drug known as Risperdal was first approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar mania in 1993 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In 2006, the FDA’s approved use was expanded to include autism-related irritability. Since that time, Risperdal and its generic brand, risperidone, have been widely used for the treatment of other mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).
Risperdal Side Effects and Known Risks
In spite of the effectiveness of Risperdal and the generic drug risperidone in treating multiple mental disorders, the manufacturer failed to warn patients about the potential for developing gynecomastia along with several other associated risks and side effects, such as:
- Increased risk of suicide
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)– a potentially life-threatening reaction to anti-psychotic drugs. Symptoms may include: High fever, altered mental state (paranoia), erratic swings of blood pressure, and excessive sweating or saliva production
- Tardive dyskinesia – A potentially irreversible condition that causes uncontrollable body movements.
- Increased risk of death – Affects older patients with dementia-related psychosis.
Risperdal may also contribute to metabolic changes, such as excessive weight gain or hyperglycemia, unrelated fatigue, dizziness, constipation, skin rashes, sleep problems and seizures.
Studies Revealing Increased Risk of Gynecomastia
There have been numerous studies released about Risperdal in recent years.
In 2006, a study concluded that Risperdal, also known by its generic name risperidone, can cause a significant increase of prolactin levels. In women, this hormone helps to produce milk. However, in males, it causes abnormal breast growth, or gynecomastia.
A 2009 study, published in the Journal of Child Adolescent Psychopharmacology, shows that male adolescents who were taking this prescription drug experienced higher than normal levels of prolactin for as long as two years.
Six years later, in 2015, yet another study was published in the Journal of Child Adolescent Psychopharmacology revealing that the risk of adolescent males developing gynecomastia was five times greater for those who took this drug compared to those who did not.
Lawsuits Filed Against the Manufacturer
Many lawsuits have been filed in the last few years. Currently, there are more than 13,000 lawsuits pending in the U.S. against Johnson & Johnson and some of its affiliates who were allegedly aware of the potential dangers and side effects but failed to properly warn consumers.
Even before many lawsuits were filed, Johnson & Johnson had already been fined more than $2.2 billion to resolve various civil lawsuits and criminal charges for violating the False Claims Act and illegally marketing Risperdal for off-label uses that had not yet been reviewed or approved by the FDA.
While thousands of lawsuits are still pending and many more have yet to be filed, here are some of the notable Risperdal settlements awarded to victims since 2015:
One of the largest Risperdal settlements was in the amount of $2.5 million and was awarded to a young man with autism spectrum disorder who developed 46DD breasts from taking the prescription for five years. The conclusion of the jury was that the defendant, Johnson & Johnson, did not provide adequate warning about the risk of developing gynecomastia.
A $680,000 settlement awarded to a plaintiff who was prescribed Risperdal in 2003 for autism and then developed female-like breasts. The drug manufacturer was found liable for failing to warn medical professionals and patients about the risk for developing gynecomastia.
$70 million was awarded to an adolescent boy who began taking Risperdal in 2003 at age eight for autism-related behavior disorders and developed gynecomastia. The jury found on behalf of the plaintiff that a Johnson & Johnson affiliate, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, purposely misled consumers by destroying, falsifying or concealing evidence of the risks.
Johnson & Johnson are required to pay $8 billion in punitive damages to a 26-year-old victim for failing to place patient safety above its profits. The patient had received a prior settlement of $680,000 in damages.
At Gordon and Partners, we are prepared to fully investigate your claim and aggressively pursue the maximum compensation for your damages.
Contact One of Our Risperdal Injury Lawyers Today
Our reputable lawyers at Gordon and Partners have decades of experience and in-depth knowledge about defective products law. Over more than 20 years, we have recovered millions in compensation on behalf of our clients.
If you or a loved one suffered serious side effects, such as gynecomastia, after taking the prescription drug Risperdal, our qualified defective drug lawyers are prepared to help. We are dedicated to holding at-fault manufacturers, like Johnson & Johnson, accountable for their negligent actions and pursuing maximum compensation on your behalf.
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