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Risperdal suits result in huge fines against Johnson & Johnson

Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2016 at 2:12 pm by Williams Hart   

For the past three years, pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has been shelling out huge amounts of money in over 1,500 Risperdal lawsuits.

Risperdal is an antidepressant prescribed by health practitioners for bipolar and schizophrenia disorders. The downside of the drug is that it may cause an increased level of prolactin, which could result in breast enlargement among male patients. The FDA released advisory related to the risk of death in elderly patients, and uncontrollable abnormal movements around the shoulder, face, and limbs of patients.

Among the damages incurred are three trials for not sufficiently cautioning patients about the risks of taking the drug. In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson was fined $2.2 billion because of civil and criminal claims. The company also suffered marketing claims settlements amounting to $158 million, $124 million, and $180 million in Texas, South Carolina, and D.C., respectively.

At Williams Hart, we recognize the dangers of pharmaceuticals, especially Risperdal. Contact us at (713) 352-7071 to learn more about your legal options.

Side effects of Risperdal

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 10:04 am by Williams Hart   

Common side effects of the drug Risperdal are varied and may include:

  • Nausea, movement disorder, rhinitis, muscle contractions, dizziness, anxiety, drowsiness, agitation, constipation, and weight gain.

If any of the following side effects occur while you are taking Risperdal, alternatively known as risperidone, consult a physician immediately:

  • Anxiety; aggressive behavior; blurry vision; difficulty concentrating or memory problems; difficulty speaking and swallowing; difficulty to move the eyes; increased urination; imbalance; muscle spasms of the face, neck, and back; weakness; shuffling walk; stiffness of arms and legs; twitching movements; shaking of the fingers and hands; sleeplessness

Minor side effects not needing medical attention include:

  • Constipation, cough, diarrhea, dry mouth, headache, heartburn, increased dreams, nausea, sleepiness, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, unusual tiredness, and weight gain

To learn more about the damages that Risperdal can cause, contact a compassionate and experienced Risperdal lawyer from Williams Hart. If you suffered through serious symptoms as the result of Risperdal, you may be eligible for some compensation. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (713) 352-7071.

Possible causes of high blood sugar

Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 4:51 pm by Williams Hart   

Hyperglycemia occurs when the body fails to absorb enough sugar from the blood, which results to a higher-than-normal blood glucose level. Although people with diabetes are at higher risk of developing this health complication, hyperglycemia may also affect individuals who are not suffering from diabetes.

There are many factors that can contribute towards the development of hyperglycemia. Some of them include:

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Underlying medical conditions (diabetes, infection)
  • Injury, or recovery from a surgery
  • Anxiety, emotional stress
  • Certain medications, such as anti-psychotic drug Risperdal

In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned patients and prescribers about Risperdal’s danger of causing hyperglycemia. At Williams Hart, our legal team provides competent legal guidance and advice to anyone who plans to seek compensation from the manufacturer of this drug. Call us at (713) 352-7071 to find out more about your options and how we may be able to help you file a lawsuit.

Adverse effects of Risperdal in children

Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014 at 9:57 am by Williams Hart   

Risperdal is an anti-psychotic drug used to treat symptoms of psychiatric and behavioral disorders by altering the effects of certain chemicals in the brain. The drug is designed to treat schizophrenia and several symptoms of bipolar disorder and autism.

In November last year, however, its maker Johnson & Johnson agreed to a multi-billion dollar settlement over accusations that it had deceptively sold the drug for pediatric use from January 1999 to December 2005, which by then was not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Several adverse effects of Risperdal have been recorded among children, some of which the most common include:

  • Decreased motor skills
  • Inability to sleep
  • Unintended and rapid weight gain
  • Difficulty in focusing
  • Breast enlargement in boys
  • Risks of diabetes and heart diseases in later life

If you believe your child has been put at risk because of Risperdal, do not delay taking legal action. Our lawyers from Williams Hart can help families affected by this drug determine the possibility of filing legal claim. Call us at (713) 352-7071 for a free assessment of your situation.

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