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The Holistic Sanctuary Responds to Johnson & Johnson’s Guilty Plea for Selling Risperdal Off-Label
Date:11/12/2013

dicines. We stand ready to take similar action in the future, if warranted, to protect public health.”(5)

In addition, the FDA has its own section devoted exclusively to adverse reactions to Risperdal, including the following warning: “Increased Mortality In Elderly Patients With Dementia-Related Psychosis.”(6) Other side effects or risk factors range from seizures, leucopenia (placing patients at an increased risk of serious infection) and diseases that can damage metabolism to motor impairment, tremors, vomiting and suicide.(7)

The severity of this crisis is part of another study by Pediatrics, with coverage in the New York Times, revealing that foster children are being prescribed cocktails of powerful antipsychotic drugs just as frequently as some of the most mentally disabled boys and girls on Medicaid. Risperdal was one such drug on the list. Doctors and policy makers have substantial worries about the high rates of overall psychiatric drug use, which also includes prescriptions for Seroquel and Zyprexa, in the foster care system, which provides temporary living arrangements for 400,000 to 500,000 children and adolescents.(8)

Still, Risperdal has a history of other legal troubles and scandals, such as a lawsuit alleging the drug causes men to grow breasts. The plaintiff in that case started taking Risperdal when he was nine years old, when the antipsychotic was not approved for use in children in the United States.(9) Forbes Magazine documents this story within the broader context of Johnson & Johnson’s 2012 decision to pay $181 million to resolve claims by 36 states promoting Risperdal for unapproved uses.(10)

These abuses, misrepresentations and crimes are the exact opposite of The Holistic Sanctuary’s exclusive, all-natural and safe means of healing people and permanently ending addiction. In comparison, Risperdal is – despite all the reported risk factors, adverse side effects and potential for suicide among users –
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