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Major Fine Looms for Johnson & Johnson Over Risperdal Side Effects

Published on Sep 2, 2013 at 8:26 am in Dangerous Drugs.

Kentucky Defective DrugHave you or someone you know been prescribed the drug Risperdal? You should be aware that issues have surfaced concerning side effects caused by the drug.

Risperdal is a commonly prescribed atypical antipsychotic drug, used in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug for use in adults in 1993 and then for children in 2007.

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed over the issue of side effects caused by the drug when used in children. Many of the suits allege that the drug caused boys who took it to grow breasts. This is believed to have happened due to elevated levels of the hormone prolactin, which stimulates breast development in girls and milk production in pregnant women.

The U.S. Government and several states have brought actions against Johnson & Johnson, parent company of the pharmaceutical unit. The company has already settled dozens of personal injury lawsuits.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Johnson & Johnson is currently negotiating with federal regulators over the terms of a fine. The company is worried that admissions in that case will affect other pending cases.

Allegations against Johnson & Johnson

Among the allegations are that the pharmaceutical company misrepresented the drug’s side effects. The company argues the possible side effects that did develop were disclosed, but the federal government argues the company misrepresented the true results of its clinical studies. Also alleged is that the company promoted the drug for use in children and adolescents before the FDA’s 2007 approval for that age group.

At one time, Risperdal was among Johnson & Johnson’s top-selling products. It generated $2.2 billion in sales before it lost its U.S. patent protection in 2007.

Depending on the facts of your case, there could be malpractice issues if your doctor didn’t adequately warn you about the known side effects. Through the help of a Louisville defective drug attorney, you can learn more about your rights and the recovery process should you be adversely affected by a dangerous prescription drug.