Indiana Risperdal Drug Injury Lawyers
Risperdal, also known by the generic name risperdone, is an antipsychotic medication used in the treatment of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism. It is sold and manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.
What is Gynecomastia?
Much like other antipsychotic medications, Risperdal has a long list of side effects. One of these side effects that consumers have been inadequately warned about, however, includes gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is the development of breasts in adolescent males. This condition of breast enlargement can cause severe psychological trauma in young males. These boys may also experience breast pain or nipple discharge.
How can Risperdal cause gynecomastia?
The Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology published a study in 2006 which states, “Risperidone administered to adolescents at doses commonly used for the treatment of psychotic symptoms can strongly increase prolactin levels, with clinical consequences such as gynecomastia and/or galactorrhea.”
There have been hundreds of lawsuits in several different states filed on behalf of affected adolescents and men suffering from gynecomastia. Johnson & Johnson settled one case on its first day of trial in Pennsylvania for an undisclosed amount and then the following month settled five more cases in Philadelphia.
There have also been allegations of illegal marketing activities between 1993 and 2004 by Johnson & Johnson according to the United States Department of Justice. These allegations involved the company not obtaining FDA approval before promoting the drug to doctors to prescribe Risperdal for children. Attorney generals from states including Kentucky, Texas, Montana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Louisiana have either received or are in the process of receiving a settlement from Johnson & Johnson.
RISPERDAL LAWSUIT SETTLEMENTS
Male breast enlargement from gynecomastia can be treated with liposuction in mild cases, but in more severe cases, surgery may be necessary, including mastectomy. Adolescents may also need counseling to help them deal with the psychological effects.
My child took Risperdal and developed Gynecomastia, what should I do?
If your son was prescribed Risperdal and suffered breast enlargement, the drug injury attorneys at Wagner Reese may be able to help. There have been at least 130 cases against Johnson & Johnson concerning Risperdal causing gynecomastia in adolescent boys.
Give us a call today at 888-710-9377 for more information on how we can help you. Schedule your free consultation today with an Indiana class action lawsuit Risperdal attorney!
A Note About Recovery Limits
Some states, including Indiana, have imposed laws that cap or limit the maximum amount of money an individual can recover in a medical malpractice suit. When you meet with us to discuss your medical malpractice claim, we will discuss current laws and limitations. Currently, the maximum amount recoverable from a qualified medical provider in Indiana is 1.25 million dollars.
About the Lawyers
Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese can handle your Risperdal drug injury claim with years of experience and proven results. Call the law firm of Wagner Reese today 888-710-9377 for your FREE consultation!