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In May 2012, the Kentucky attorney general filed a lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson for concealing the side effects of Risperdal. These side effects include diabetes, extreme weight gain, metabolic changes, stroke and gynecomastia.

Multi-billion dollar Johnson and Johnson faced a huge blow in August of 2012 when government regulators and attorney generals for 36 states and the District of Columbia settled a lawsuit with the company with a total of $181 million for the illegal marketing of off-label use of Risperdal in children before the FDA approval. The illegal marketing is said to have covered the years of 1993 until 2004.

Texas, in 2012, was paid $158 million for settlement of lawsuits; while Montana was paid $5.9 million in 2014. Arkansas, on the other hand, obtained $1.2 billion in April 2012 for false marketing. This was the third straight loss in Risperdal lawsuits on a state level. Louisiana and South Carolina, too, received large settlements from Johnson and Johnson for lawsuits.

Louisiana collected $257.7 million dollars for defrauding the state Medicaid program and misleading the public about its health risks and South Carolina acquired $327 million both from the healthcare company from claims that the company sent marketing letters to physicians overstating the safety of the drug.

It was also in August 2012 when five cases were settled in Philadelphia court for the illegal practices of the company.

During the Risperdal trial in Pennsylvania, it was also revealed that not only did Johnson and Johnson market the product for children use without FDA approval, but they also paid doctors to speak approvingly of the product, sponsored golf outings for doctors, and other incentives for sales personnel as well as doctors.

It was in September 2012, the opening day of trial, that Johnson and Johnson settled an individual lawsuit against Aaron Banks (who was already 21 years old during the trial), a young man that developed breasts due to the use of Risperdal from the age of 9 to 14 and suffered psychological trauma because of gynecomastia. The settled amount was undisclosed to the public.

One year later, in November 2013, Johnson and Johnson agreed to a settlement with the US Department of Justice to conclude criminal and civil investigations regarding the alleged illegal marketing and off label use of Risperdal and other drugs from the healthcare powerhouse by paying a total of over $2.2 billion. This settlement also involved Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. pleading guilty to misbranding for unapproved uses and kickbacks from physicians and OmniCare Inc.

Johnson and Johnson are still facing hundreds of individual lawsuits from male Risperdal patients (both adults and children) suffering from humiliation and trauma from the gynecomastia caused by the drug. The company is expected to face more and more lawsuits from other individuals undergoing the same traumatizing side effect, and more settlements are also predicted as an outcome of these cases. Currently, the Risperdal gynecomastia cases are at differing stages of the litigation process.

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    Risperdal and Gynecomastia

    Since Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug, it changes the chemicals in the brain. This also results in changes in an individual’s hormone levels. Risperdal blocks serotonin dopamine receptors in the brain which decreases psychotic and aggressive behavior. Dopamine is responsible for controlling prolactin levels. Since the dopamine receptors are obstructed, the male body tends to have an excess of prolactin.

    Prolactin is a hormone that is responsible for breast growth and lactation in females, while controlling the sex drive of males. Because male adolescents who have taken Risperdal have an abundance of this hormone, some of them can develop breasts; resulting in gynecomastia.

    Boys who suffer from gynecomastia because of Risperdal can have a number of side effects and symptoms ranging from swollen breast tissue, tenderness in the breast, pain in the breast and even nipple discharge from either or both breasts.

    Boys with gynecomastia as well as Johnson and Johnson have experienced great problems from Risperdal, resulting in a major lawsuit between Johnson and Johnson and the federal government, as well as individual lawsuits from boys with gynecomastia associated with the use of Risperdal.

    FDA related issues and recalls

    The FDA approved the use of Risperdal in 1993 to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. However, the FDA approval of the drug for the use of the children was only made in 2006. This fact may seem negligible at this point, but claims during lawsuits have shown that Johnson and Johnson illegally promoted the use of this drug for use in children from the late 1990s to the early 2000s.

    During the recent Risperdal trial in Pennsylvania, a previous Johnson and Johnson district sales manager name Toni Jones had said that the company had trained its sales personnel to market the drug to children’s doctors during the year 2003, when the drug was still not approved for use in children.

    “Off-label” uses for Risperdal include elderly dementia, depression, anxiety, autism and other psychological disorders. Although use showed improvement in the patients the FDA still has not approved the drug for this purpose.

    UPDATE:

    Due to recent litigation, our funding requirements for Risperdal cases have changed. Here are the new requirements:

    • Complaint must be filed in court
    • Must have a written diagnosis of Gynocemastia
    • Must have at least 6 months of pharmacy records proving drug usage
    • Usage must have occurred prior to 10/1/2006
    • Usage must have occurred while plaintiff was a minor (under the age of 18)

    Latest Developments in the Risperdal Litigation…

    The judge presiding over a case which saw Johnson & Johnson hit with an $8bn jury verdict has reduced the amount the company has to pay in damages to $6.8m. Last October, J&J was ordered to pay $8bn in damages to a US man who claims he was not warned that taking the company’s antipsychotic Risperdal could lead to breast growth. A jury in Philadelphia agreed with the allegation that J&J’s Janssen unit had downplayed the risk that use of Risperdal (risperidone) in male children can cause enlarged breasts, a condition known as gynaecomastia…. Read more
    Johnson & Johnson is facing tens of thousands of product liability lawsuits, involving, among other things, its antipsychotic drug Risperdal, opioids, vaginal mesh, and talcum powder. Here, Stanford Law Professor Nora Freeman Engstrom, a tort law and complex litigation expert, and Diana Garnet Li, a student in the Stanford Law School Class of 2021, discuss the mounting product liability exposure facing the multinational giant—and how these cases may develop…. Read more
    A lawsuit is expected to be filed soon on behalf of men who have used the drug Risperdal. The plaintiffs say the drug, used to treat conditions such as anxiety and bipolar disorder, caused them to grow breasts, according to a report on CNN. The men say the side effect was not disclosed in a timely manner by the drug company, Johnson & Johnson. They will be asking for unspecified damages. Johnson & Johnson officials did not respond to Healthline’s request for comment. Company officials told CNN in a statement on behalf of its subsidiary, Janssen, that Risperdal is a useful medication “essential to helping those affected by mental illness. … Physicians decide how best to treat their patients.” ‘I would have never taken it’ One of the lawsuit’s plaintiffs, Eddie Bible, told CNN he started taking Risperdal more than a decade ago as an adolescent. He said when he… Read more
    Janssen Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of a drug widely used in autistic children, omitted data on its side effects from a 2003 study, according to evidence presented during a lawsuit against the company. Risperidone, marketed by Janssen as Risperdal, is one of only two drugs approved for autism. It was developed as an antipsychotic for adults with schizophrenia in 1993. Initially, it was not deemed safe for prepubescent children because it can boost levels of prolactin. Elevated prolactin levels are linked to a range of side effects, including gynecomastia in men and boys…. Read more
    In one of the country’s largest health care-related settlements, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson paid $2.2 billion to settle charges of false marketing, and paying doctors and nursing homes kickbacks for promoting drugs for unapproved uses. Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice alleged that Johnson & Johnson promoted the use of Risperdal, a drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration only for the treatment of schizophrenia, for controlling symptoms of anxiety and aggression in elderly dementia patients, as well as in children and the mentally disabled with behavioral problems…. Read more
    Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fines to settle accusations that it improperly promoted the antipsychotic drug Risperdal to older adults, children and people with developmental disabilities, the Justice Department said on Monday. The agreement is the third-largest pharmaceutical settlement in United States history and the largest in a string of recent cases involving the marketing of antipsychotic and anti-seizure drugs to older dementia patients. It is part of a decade-long effort by the federal government to hold the health care giant — and other pharmaceutical companies — accountable for illegally marketing the drugs as a way to control patients with dementia in nursing homes and children with certain behavioral disabilities, despite the health risks of the drugs. The settlement, which requires the approval of a federal judge, will also resolve accusations that the company inappropriately promoted two other drugs, the… Read more
    Risperdal lawsuits blame Johnson & Johnson for hiding serious side effects, including gynecomastia. A 2019 Risperdal lawsuit ended in an $8 billion verdict against the company. Johnson & Johnson had previously agreed to two Risperdal settlements for $181 million and $2.2 billion to resolve charges that it had promoted the drug for off-label uses…. Read more
    A judge in Arkansas ordered Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary to pay more than $1.2 billion in fines on Wednesday, a day after a jury found that the companies had minimized or concealed the dangers associated with their antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The fine, which experts said ranked among the largest on record for a state fraud case involving a drug company, is the most recent in a string of legal losses for Johnson and Johnson related to… Read more
    Johnson & Johnson said on Thursday that it would pay $158 million to settle a Texas lawsuit accusing the drug maker of improperly marketing its Risperdal antipsychotic drug to state residents on the Medicaid health program for the poor, including children. The lawsuit accuses the company of pushing Risperdal as “appropriate and safe to treat a broad range of symptoms in populations and disease states for which it had no F.D.A.-approved indication, including in the child and adolescent population.” The settlement fully resolves all Risperdal-related claims in Texas, the company said. The agreement applies only to the state of Texas and does not involve other state or federal Risperdal litigation. The deal settles claims brought by Texas in 2004 and involves allegations of Medicaid overpayments from 1994 to 2008, according to a statement from the company’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit. “Johnson & Johnson’s scheme to profit from the Medicaid program by… Read more

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