HARRISBURG, Pa. — There are currently over 1000 lawsuits pending in Pennsylvania against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals alleging permanent negative side effects of their drug Risperdal. However, one of the cases was thrown out in January after the defendants filed a motion for summary judgment alleging that the statute of limitations for bringing the claim had run. This ruling may be devastating for the plaintiff, who alleged that he suffered male breast growth after being prescribed the drug, but it should fortunately have no negative effects on similar Risperdal lawsuits that were filed within the statute of limitations, and the rest of the cases will continue to proceed together.
Facts of the Case
In this case, the court found that the 24-year-old plaintiff had missed his deadline for filing because of when he learned about the negative side effects of the drug. He used Risperdal between 1997 and 1998 and then stopped when he discovered that he was developing male breasts. In another case in Connecticut, a judge recently dismissed a Risperdal lawsuit after finding that the defendant did not have an expert witness. The judge granted the manufacturers’ motion for summary judgment after deciding that expert testimony is required for establishing whether or not there is a link between Risperdal and the side effects alleged in multiple lawsuits.
Although the Connecticut court is requiring an expert witness to testify, there have already been many health risks associated with the drug. Most notably, men who have taken the drug have developed gynecomastia, or male breast growth. Other side effects that have been linked to Risperdal include diabetes, heart issues and even involuntary movements or grunts. Like the other side effects, Gynecomastia can continue long after the drug use has been discontinued. The FDA approved the drug for use in treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in 1993, but they amended their approval in 2006 to require a label warning of the potential health risks. A recent study has shown that risperidone (called Risperdal in the U.S.) has been prescribed for off-label use in the United Kingdom, and many of the U.S. suits also allege that the manufacturers marketed the drug for off-label use despite knowing the risks.
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Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by Risperdal. Lawsuits have been filed against the drug maker by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by this dangerous drug. You may be entitled to a settlement.We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you.
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