Patients who were prescribed the drug Risperdal for bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia or autism have been troubled by recent news reports or Risperdal Lawsuit 2013 commercials indicating it may have severe side effects. Below is the latest information on the drug and what you may do if affected.
In addition to the common side effects of Risperdal, experts have linked it to abnormal breast growth, milk production and diabetes in children. A recent Risperdal Lawsuit 2013 commercial also mentioned legal action, as nearly 500 patients have filed suit.
Risperdal was originally created and approved to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. However, manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has been accused of aggressively promoting doctors to use it for the unapproved treatment of ADHD in children. This led to hundreds of thousands of prescriptions, and fines of more than $1.2 billion for false marketing.
Now, Risperdal has been shown to cause hyperprolactinemia, a spike of the hormone prolactin. This can cause gynecomastia, or abnormal breast growth in adult males and children as young as 5 years old. Many have also experienced milk production or harm to male sexual development.
In addition, a recent widespread study found that antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal can triple the risk of type 2 diabetes in children, which can lead to hearing, vision, skin and heart problems.
As indicated in the recent Risperdal Lawsuit 2013 commercial, lawyers are helping those families affected by these severe side effects file claims, and Johnson & Johnson has already begun paying settlements.
If you or a family member developed abnormal breast growth or diabetes after taking Risperdal, you may be entitled to compensation from a lawsuit. Contact us today to speak directly with a lawyer.
Gynecomastia has been shown to produce milk and unwanted breasts as big as 38D in children. These traumatic and embarrassing side effects are compounded by the fact the growth is permanent, meaning surgery is necessary to correct the problem.
Studies show more than 2% of children taking Risperdal may suffer abnormal breast growth, and their risk for type-2 diabetes may also be tripled. Experts hope those affected will see a Risperdal lawsuit 2013 commercial and realize help is available.
Johnson & Johnson has already settled several lawsuits to avoid the publicity of trials. In 2012, the first case was nearing trial, involving a 21-year-old male who developed breasts so large he needed surgery to remove them. However, J&J settled rather than face a jury.
J&J faces liability for the damages to those affected since they fraudulently marketed the drug and didn’t properly warn of the risks.
If you or your child developed gynecomastia or diabetes after taking Risperdal, it is important to learn about your legal options before time expires. A lawyer can discuss whether your case qualifies and how much time you have to take action. It costs nothing unless you are compensated.
Due to the complex nature of defective drug lawsuits, it is important to choose a lawyer with experience fighting these cases against large drug companies.
DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms that specialize in defective drug litigation and have already handled Risperdal lawsuits.
For more information on the warnings, research, side effects and legal action related to Risperdal, or to speak directly with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to help.