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Risperdal Lawsuit Attorney

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Risperdal is an antipsychotic often used as a treatment for mental disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Schizophrenia causes disturbed thoughts, loss of interest in life, and strong emotions. Bipolar disorder causes a person to experience abnormally excited moods, irritated periods, and times of depression. The drug works by restoring balance to the chemicals in the brain. Besides these conditions, Risperdal is also used for off-label treatments. To increase mood and heighten brain function, certain dementia patients have been treated with the drug. Also, Risperdal has been used to bring positive effects in patients with ADHD, sleep problems, and depression.

Lawsuits and Scandals Involving Risperdal

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Risperdal. The drug was first approved by the FDA in 1993. As far back as 1994, questions of illegal marketing practices were raised. By 1996, numerous prescriptions were written for unapproved and off-label uses. As 1999 approached, reports surfaced about problems with Risperdal, especially in children. Many doctors prescribed the drug when they felt patients would receive benefits. However, Johnson & Johnson was not allowed to promote the drug for off-label purposes. Unfortunately, evidence came to light that showed the manufacturer had improperly marketed the medication for its own financial gains.

Many lawsuits claim the drug caused victims to experience humiliation and emotional trauma from breast growth. In 2012, the first lawsuit was introduced by 21-year old Aron Banks. He claimed the drug caused great distress in his life. It made him develop breasts. Despite the fact it was not approved for use in children at the time, he took Risperdal from age 9. His breasts grew extremely large, and he required surgical removal to return to a normal size. Besides growing breasts, Aron gained a great deal of weight and injured his endocrine system. All of these physical problems led to psychological issues. After one day in court, this case was settled, but the monetary award was never made public. Since then, several more lawsuits have been filed. The Bloomberg News reported there were at least 420 lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson concerning Risperdal. Approximately 100 involve patients with gynecomastia.

The U.S. Attorney General accused J&J of placing profits ahead of people’s welfare. He claimed the company aggressively marketed to doctors in hopes of increasing sales. This company encouraged physicians to prescribe the drug to the elderly and young patients, even for off-label uses. Other plaintiffs filed personal injury lawsuits alleging the manufacturer improperly marketed the drug without adequately disclosing the risks. Since the pharmaceutical company failed to inform patients about Risperdal’s dangers, it is responsible for damages and should be held accountable for its negligence.

Experience the Doan Law Firm Difference

The Doan Law Firm has been representing innocent victims for decades. We have the experience needed to fight cases with successful outcomes so that you receive justice. We make sure you get a fair settlement so that you can live a more normal life. Medical bills can mount to extreme levels, so relief is necessary. Numerous lawsuits have already been filed against this drug and its manufacturer. To uncover whether or not you have a case, contact our office for a free consultation. After we take your case, you never need to worry about our fees. Unless we win your claim, you pay nothing. Call us today at (800) 349-0000.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.

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