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Plaintiffs in 77 Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits File Motion to Force J&J to Comply with Existing Settlement Agreement, Reviewed By Wright & Schulte LLC
Date:11/18/2013

son & Johnson did not challenge such claims until late in September 2013. The plaintiffs are pointing to the facts that the other valid claims against Exerpta Medica and Elsevier were mentioned in several status conferences and that, in September, trial dates were actually set for these other claims.

Allegations in Risperdal Lawsuits Litigation

Risperdal, an atypical antipsychotic medication, has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and for bipolar disorder in children between the ages of 10 and 17 years old. While Risperdal has also been approved for the treatment of some of the symptoms of autism, it has reportedly also been prescribed for ADHD despite the fact it is not officially approved for the treatment of this condition.

Among the allegations in many Risperdal lawsuits are claims that the use of this drug has caused boys and men taking it to develop breast tissue. In some cases, breast tissue growth – which is clinically referred to as gynecomastia – has resulted in Risperdal patients developing breasts so large that they have had to undergo breast reduction surgery to get rid of these tissues. Despite undergoing breast reduction surgery, affected patients allegedly suffered psychological repercussions of having developed breasts, allege the Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuits. [medscape.com/viewarticle/571416_6, 2008]

In August 2012, Johnson & Johnson reportedly reached a $181 million Risperdal settlement with plaintiffs who had filed claims in state and federal courts. In these cases, the plaintiffs alleged Johnson & Johnson had promoted Risperdal for unapproved uses, including for the treatment of children, and that the company had failed to warn the public about the link between Risperdal and gynecomastia, as well as other Risperdal side effects.
[nytimes.com/2012/08/31/business/johnson-johnson-unit-settles-state-cases-over-risperdal.html?_r=1&, August 2012]

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