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Risperdal, a drug developed to treat schizophrenia in adults, has been widely prescribed to children but is now coming under fire for severe side effects.
Thousands have started a Risperdal lawsuit after discovering the drug can lead to young boys and prepubescent girls developing female breast tissue – irreversibly. Doctors and patients have been clamoring for the drug maker, Johnson & Johnson, to include this risk and others on the warning label, but so far the drug maker has refused. Additionally, Risperdal lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson knew, but failed to disclose the risk of this side effect when applying for FDA approval of the drug for use in young children.
Risperdal was approved by the Food and Drug Administration initially for use in adults; however, the drug maker successfully convinced the agency to widen approval to treat mental health problems and behavioral issues in children approximately a decade later.
Unbeknownst to the public, Risperdal use can lead to severe side effects in boys and young girls, including gynecomastia, or the development of breasts.
Unfortunately, another side effect of the drug is weight gain, so the development of breast tissue in boys was sometimes missed. A boy with gynecomastia can also suffer confusion, loneliness, isolation, impaired mental health and social functioning. Both boys and girls have also reported discharge or lactation after taking Risperdal. Unfortunately, the additional breast tissue is permanent and requires painful surgery to remove.
If you or a loved one are suffering side effects after taking Risperdal, it is important to talk to your doctor. If you stop taking the drug you can go into withdrawal – your doctor can help reduce your dosage and record your side effects.
Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay billions in criminal and civil penalties for falsely marketing Risperdal and related drugs. Risperdal lawsuits seek to hold the drug maker accountable for putting profits before people when marketing this drug to the public.
Those who have experienced medical side effects after taking Risperdal should contact an experienced attorney. Young children may have to deal with those side effects, including enlarged breasts or painful surgery to remove breast tissue and permanent disfigurement, as well as the psychological trauma of the side effect for the rest of their lives.
Children and their parents can discuss their experience with an attorney and consider filing a Risperdal lawsuit against the drug maker, Johnson & Johnson. An attorney will evaluate the statute of limitations or deadline to file your Risperdal lawsuit. These deadlines depend on the state where your case will be filed, for example, in Texas, you have two years to file a lawsuit after discovering the injuries.
According to a recent book by Steven Brill, Johnson & Johnson conspired to sell Risperdal to children, despite evidence of severe side effects including gynecomastia. Due to the company’s misleading marketing campaign, nearly one fifth of Risperdal users were children and teens in 2000. In one instance of mis-marketing, gynecomastia was labeled as a risk occurring in 0.1 percent of boys taking the drug, when evidence available to the drug maker showed that it occurred in 5.5 percent of boys in reality.
If you or a loved one have experienced breast growth, discharge from nipples or lactation after taking Risperdal, contact the experienced attorneys at McDonald Worley today. The case evaluation is FREE.