About the Risperdal Lawsuit & Negative Impacts
Risperdal (risperdone), now marketed by Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is an atypical antipsychotic first approved by the FDA in 1993 for the treatment of schizophrenia. Risperdal is also used off-label to treat ADHD, depression and dementia.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the abnormal development of female breast tissue in males. Caused by a hormonal imbalance, adolescents will experience a swelling of the breast tissue in one or both breasts. This alleged Risperdal side effect will often have a significant negative impact on the psychological well-being of the young males affected.
Symptoms of gynecomastia are swollen breast tissue, tenderness, pain, and occasionally, nipple discharge.
While other drugs and conditions may trigger gynecomastia, independent studies show a correlation between the use of risperdal and female breast development in young males. Some have had to resort to drastic measures to restore their normal appearance including liposuction or surgery to remove the excess breast tissue.
This alleged Risperdal side effect will often have a significant negative impact on the psychological well-being of the young males affected.
November, 2013, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The drug makers paid $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fines after a government probe of their marketing practices of drugs including Risperdal.
The Justice Department charged that Johnson & Johnson had misbranded the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. In addition, the court questioned marketing practices the promoted off-label uses of the drug for children and elderly nursing home patients diagnosed with dementia.
Help For Your Risperdal Lawsuit
After information was released to the public that the drug Risperdal was linked to the growth of abnormal breast tissue in boys and men, many began to file claims against the manufacturers.
Lawsuits have been filed because the use of Risperdal may cause the undisclosed side effect: gynecomastia. They allege that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals knew of the risk but downplayed this potential risk.
While any medication, including those approved for use by children, may have serious side effects, we expect full disclosure of these effects by the manufacturers. As parents, we try to protect our children from danger, but few would expect a prescribed drug to cause such physical and emotional damage to our loved ones.
If you or your son was prescribed the drug Risperdal and developed swollen breast tissue, pain, or discharge, you may qualify for a legal claim against the manufacturer.
Please call us now for your confidential, no-obligation evaluation or if you prefer, use the form on this page and a member of our legal team will contact you.
There may be a time limit to file your claim, so if you wish to be included please contact us now.
You do have legal rights when injured by a prescribed drug or medical device. We will work with you every step of the way when you have a just cause to file a claim. But you must take the first step by calling us at (713) 850-8600 or filling out the form now.