Amid troubling reports that Johnson & Johnson may have fraudulently marketed its antipsychotic drug Risperdal for use in children, studies now show those children may face harmful side effects.
Now, lawyers are trying to alert patients and families that they have legal rights to seek compensation for Risperdal side effects, and Johnson & Johnson has already begun paying settlements.
Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism in adults. However, the Department of Justice recently announced maker J&J had pled guilty to promoting the drug for unapproved treatment, including use in children.
Due to the illegal marketing, Risperdal has increasingly been prescribed for less severe issues in children such as ADHD. In fact, reports show antipsychotic drug use in children has grown almost 65% in the last decade.
Unfortunately, Risperdal has now been linked to side effects in children like abnormal breast growth and type 2 diabetes.
Studies show Risperdal can cause hyperprolactinemia, which is a jump in the amount of the hormone prolactin the body produces. This can cause abnormal breast growth and sometimes milk production, a condition known as gynecomsatia.
Abnormal breasts from Risperdal have been identified in children as young as 5 years old, with breasts as large as size 38D.
Breast growth in young boys can cause severe emotional trauma and psychosocial issues. In addition, the condition is non-reversible. Therefore, victims must often undergo painful surgery to correct it.
In addition to breast growth, researchers have discovered drugs like Risperdal may also cause type 2 diabetes in children.
A recent study from Vanderbilt University, Columbia University and the Mayo Clinic found children taking Risperdal, Abilify, Seroquel or Zyprexa antipsychotic drugs had three times the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This can cause long-term vision, hearing, skin, kidney and heart problems.
So far, nearly 500 families have filed a Risperdal lawsuit over side effects in children. In order to avoid trial, Johnson & Johnson has already paid several settlements to patients.
Lawyers are continuing to help those children affected by abnormal breast growth or diabetes after taking the drug. However, they caution that time is limited and families need to learn their options as soon as possible.
If your child developed diabetes or abnormal breast growth after taking Risperdal, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options. Lawyers can discuss your case today and file a claim at no cost.
Due to the specialized nature of drug injury cases, however, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who have already handled Risperdal lawsuits.
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