SAN FRANCISCO, Cali. — In the latest Risperdal case — this one in California — a jury has awarded the family of a deceased man $5.6 million after he died during a clinical trial for the anti-psychotic medication Risperdal (also known as Risperidone).
The verdict was levied against Johnson & Johnson, Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the drug’s manufacturers.
The patient in the lawsuit had been participating in a preliminary trial of the drug that was sponsored by Janssen to see how if it would treat his schizophrenia. Only 25 years old at the time (in 2009), the patient died from cardiac arrest, only a few days after receiving an injection of the drug in the trial.
Fortunately, most of the remaining Risperdal lawsuits do not allege that taking Risperdal resulted in death. However, they do claim that the plaintiffs suffered serious and permanent injuries as the result of taking Risperdal.
One of the most common injuries cited in Risperdal lawsuits has been gynecomastia, or the abnormal development of breast tissue in boys. Some of the lawsuits even claim that the male plaintiffs have developed breasts as large as D cups and that they have remained even after use of the drug had long since been discontinued.
The lawsuits also allege that the plaintiffs were taking the drug for uses that were not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Although the FDA had only approved the drug for use in adults for use as an anti-psychotic medication, many patients allege that they were prescribed Risperdal when they were still children, many for use in treating ADD, ADHD or autism.
The plaintiffs also allege in the lawsuits that J&J and Janssen Pharmaceuticals knew or should have known about the drug’s serious side effects but continued to promote the drug for off-label use despite this knowledge.
The results of Risperdal lawsuits to this point have varied widely – even within the same jurisdiction and when the lawsuits seemed very similar.
A judge in Philadelphia is attempting to dismiss over 250 Risperdal lawsuits, claiming that they were time-barred. This ruling still has to withstand appellate court, and the other good news is that the most recent Risperdal lawsuit in Philadelphia settled before even going to trial, and the first Philadelphia Risperdal lawsuit returned a $2.5 million verdict for the plaintiff.
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