Risperdal is an anti-psychotic medication, which was approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. But Johnson & Johnson, which manufactured Risperdal, also aggressively marketed it to be prescribed to treat a number of conditions in children and adolescents. These conditions included ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety and aggression. When a medication is prescribed but has not yet been approved, it is called “off label” use.
It is alleged that Johnson & Johnson encouraged its sales force to urge child psychiatrists to prescribe Risperdal to children, even though there was insufficient information showing that the drug was safe for children to use.
The Food and Drug Administration has now issued warning letters about risks of adverse effects of Risperdal, including:
• Increased risk of stroke in elderly patients
• Hyperglycemia resulting in diabetes, coma, and death
• Heart attack
• Pituitary tumors
• Bone loss
One of the most common and particularly devastating adverse effects of Risperdal is gynecomastia – the growth of breasts in men. Young men who develop gynecomastia may suffer ridicule by their peers. They often experience severe depression and emotional trauma. Some require surgery to remove the excess breast tissue.
The first lawsuits on behalf of young men who took Risperdal and developed gynecomastia have been to trial and substantial settlements were paid.
New York personal injury law firms, like Carro, Carro & Mitchell, will represent patients who have suffered harmful side effects of Risperdal, including gynecomastia. It’s free to schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn your rights. If we accept your case, you do not have to pay a fee upfront. We are paid upon the successful conclusion of your case.
If you or someone you care about has been injured by Risperdal medication, or by any dangerous drug, call and speak with a personal injury lawyer at Carro, Carro & Mitchell. Don’t wait! If you don’t start your claim right away, there are time limits that can keep you from making any recovery. Call now!