Defective Product Law and Risperdal
More than 13,000 people have accused Johnson & Johnson’s next-generation antipsychotic drug Risperdal of causing health concerns not mentioned on the product’s labeling. On the market since 1993, risperidone and brand name Risperdal can cause a number of troubling health concerns. One, a risk of increased mortality among patients with psychosis caused by dementia and aging, even earned the drug a black box warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
However, current lawsuits focus on two other complications: gynecomastia and diabetes. If you took Risperdal and developed either of these conditions, you may be eligible to pursue compensation. Call or text a Risperdal lawsuit lawyer from Berger and Green today at 412-661-1400 for a no-cost review of your case.
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Understanding the Health Concerns Linked to Risperdal Use
Johnson & Johnson’s ongoing legal troubles related to Risperdal center on two very different concerns. Type II diabetes is a chronic medical condition that can cause a number of related medical concerns and lead to an early death if not well controlled. Gynecomastia is the development of breasts in men. While this poses no physical danger to their health, there are many psychological and sociological effects of this condition.
Risperdal and Type II Diabetes
There are at least two studies that link the use of Risperdal in relatively young patients with the early development of Type II diabetes. This includes:
- A study published in Pharmacotherapy in 2003 found more than 130 cases of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) that occurred in conjunction with Risperdal use.
- A 2006 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology linked the drug with increased weight gain and found it “may contribute to the increased risk of diabetes.”
Risperdal and Gynecomastia
Risperdal gained FDA approval as a drug for adults, but the lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson accused the pharmaceutical giant of promoting the drug for off-label use in adolescents. Many young men who took the medication as children and teens developed large breasts. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology found a link between gynecomastia and risperidone.
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Recoverable Damages in a Risperdal Lawsuit
The recoverable damages in this type of lawsuit can vary widely from plaintiff to plaintiff. The types of damages that may be recoverable if you can reach a fair out-of-court settlement or get an award in court include:
- Pain and suffering caused by gynecomastia or diabetes and the necessary treatments
- Hospitalization, surgery, and other related care expenses
- Lost wages because of time missed at work
- The cost to restore their quality of life through surgery, for those with gynecomastia
- Ongoing care costs to help them manage their chronic condition, for those with diabetes
If we handle your Risperdal lawsuit, we can create a list and document all damages, expenses, and losses you suffered because of this drug. We will build a strong case to prove how much you suffered because of Johnson & Johnson’s failure to produce a safe drug or issue a warning as soon as it learned of problems.
Current Cases Against Johnson & Johnson
According to Johnson & Johnson’s August 2018 quarterly report, there were 13,500 pending lawsuits involving Risperdal at that time. The courts consolidated both cases against Risperdal and Johnson & Johnson into multidistrict litigation.
- The Risperdal gynecomastia cases are in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas’ Complex Litigation Center.
- The Risperdal undisclosed risk of diabetes cases are in a New Jersey court
There have been numerous settlements and awards in both cases. These types of mass torts take time to progress through the courts, so it is still possible to file a claim.
If you believe you may qualify, or if you took this drug and developed other medical concerns, reach out to Berger and Green today. You can reach us via text or phone call at 412-661-1400.
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Berger and Green Can Help You Pursue Compensation for Your Risperdal Injuries
The Berger and Green dangerous drug team can help you understand your rights and take legal action if you suffered from unexplained breast growth or an increased risk of diabetes and took Risperdal or another risperidone product. We can help you pursue compensation by filing an individual lawsuit or joining multidistrict litigation already in progress.
We will work with you to develop a strong case against the drug manufacturer and document the link between your symptoms and risperidone use. We will also document your related expenses, losses, suffering, and other damages. Diabetes can be serious enough to cause lasting impairment, while gynecomastia can have severe psychological and social consequences.
You do not have to live with the effects of this drug without support, and you do not have to fight for the compensation you deserve on your own. The attorneys from Berger and Green can help you build a case and pursue compensation on your behalf.
Talk to a Risperdal Lawsuit Lawyer About Your Case
The dangerous and defective drug lawyers at Berger and Green are reviewing Risperdal injury cases now. We can review your case at no cost to you, and there is no obligation to enlist our help if you decide to take legal action. You also pay nothing out of pocket when we pursue compensation on your behalf. Our attorney’s fees get paid out of your payout, only if we recover a settlement or award in your case.
You can reach a Risperdal lawsuit lawyer in our Pittsburgh office by calling or texting 412-661-1400 today. While our headquarters are in the Steel City, we can take on Risperdal cases nationwide. Call today for your free consultation.