Defective Drug Injury Attorneys Taking on Complex Risperdal Lawsuits

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Risperdal and its generic form risperidone is a powerful anti-psychotic medication that works by altering the way brain chemicals communicate. Manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Risperdal is used to treat schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder in adults. Risperdal, which was approved in 1994 as an anti-psychotic medication, was also approved for the treatment of irritability in children with autism in 2006.

Risperdal is not approved by the FDA is to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, nor is it approved for helping aggression in older patients with dementia. This did not stop doctors from prescribing the anti-psychotic for either condition, which has led to serious and permanent side effects.

What are the dangers associated with the off-label uses of Risperdal?

When doctors began prescribing Risperdal for the off-label use of treating children with ADHD, some of the young boys who had been taking the drug began to develop large breasts (gynecomastia).  This was an especially traumatizing and embarrassing side-effect for boys who were just beginning to enter puberty, and many were scarred emotionally. Other risks include:

  • Pituitary issues, such as premature breast development in young girls often including lactation and some instances of pituitary tumors, missed or stopped periods
  • Tardive dyskinesia, an involuntary movement disorder causing abnormal jerking movements and ticks in the face and limbs. Sometimes irreversible even after the discontinued use of the drug.
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome, which causesmuscle rigidity, irregular heartbeat and pulse
  • Diabetes, disease which leads to dangerously high blood sugar levels

Another off-label use of Risperdal is in the treatment of dementia-related psychosis in elderly patients. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry has shown a definitive link between taking drugs like Risperdal and an increased risk of death. It also increases the risk of a patient developing diabetes or having seizures, and may even affect the patient’s ability to control his or her own body temperature.

Why are former Risperdal consumers filing lawsuits?

The parents of boys who have experienced the development of large breasts and other harmful side-effects from having taken Risperdal have filed negligence lawsuits against JPI. Many of these boys have had to undergo surgery to remove the breasts, and they have suffered tremendous emotional stress and embarrassment. The families are suing because JPI failed to warn consumers of the possible side-effects, which might be the result of the company not having approval from the FDA to market Risperdal to the subpopulation of children with ADHD.

The defective drug litigators of Bailey & Greer have the skills, the resources and the experience necessary to handle complex product liability claims. Together, we can help you protect your children’s futures.

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