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Florida Attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr. Settles Third Whistleblower Drug Case for $1.27 Billion
Date:11/5/2013

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- South Florida consumer advocate and leading false claims attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr., a partner with Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L., has successfully litigated his third major false claims case against a global pharmaceutical company. Today, the United States Department of Justice announced a settlement against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. Johnson & Johnson and Janssen will pay a total of $2.2 billion to state and federal entities, $1.27 billion of which consists of civil fines and restitution regarding the drug Risperdal®. As the lead whistle-blower to bring the false claims to the government's attention, Farmer's client will share in a portion of the civil recovery.

Risperdal® was FDA approved for schizophrenia, specific bipolar disorders and behavior problems in teenagers and children with autism. The company was charged with:

  • Promoting and marketing the drug to physicians for use "off-label" in children and the elderly for conditions such as ADHD, depression and dementia;
  • Falsely claiming that Risperdal® was safer and more effective than similar, cheaper drugs; and
  • Failing to adequately warning about the drug's possible side effects (diabetes and neurological problems).

Using falsified and misleading science and data, Janssen marketed Risperdal for these and other unapproved uses, specifically targeting pediatricians and nursing homes to prey upon vulnerable children and the elderly. Not only did Janssen know about but failed to disclose significant health risks associated with Risperdal, it affirmatively misrepresented Risperdal as being safe and without these known dangers and side-effects.

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SOURCE Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L.
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