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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.

What is Risperdal?

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016 at 12:51 pm by Williams Hart   

Risperdal, or risperidone, is an antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia, some symptoms of bipolar disorder, and irritability in children with autism.

Risperidone is not approved for use when an individual has dementia because it may increase the risk of death in older adults. Doctor’s advice is also needed before giving the drug to a child. When taking Risperdal, individuals should drink plenty of fluids as it can cause overheating and dehydration. Risperdal may impair your thinking or reactions. Mild side effects are headache, fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, trouble swallowing, dry mouth, dizziness, or fainting. Other adverse effects may include gynecomastia (male breast tissue enhancement), diabetes, sexual dysfunction, heart attacks, suicidal thoughts, pancreatitis, and bone loss.

If you or a loved one has experienced side effects or complications after using Risperdal, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Contact the Risperdal attorneys of Williams Hart today at (713) 352-7071 to learn how we can help you.

Symptoms of Risperdal-Caused Gynecomastia

Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 at 3:03 pm by Williams Hart   

Gynecomastia is the enlargement or swelling of the male breasts and is typically caused by a hormonal imbalance (estrogen and testosterone). Risperdal-caused enlargement has the possibility to develop in one or both breasts, and the formation of the breasts may also be asymmetrical or uneven. While gynecomastia does not necessarily endanger the health of those affected, it can have a psychological impact due to embarrassment of the child. In some cases, the trauma or psychological damage can continue into adulthood, which could pose more serious risks.

Some of the physical symptoms of Risperdal-caused gynecomastia include the following:

  • Noticeable growth in the breast area
  • Enlargement and swelling of the nipples
  • Unexplained discharge from the nipples
  • Pain and tenderness in the breast area

If your child was prescribed Risperdal and suffered from gynecomastia, discuss the legal options available to you with the experienced team at Williams Hart. Call our office at (713) 352-7071 to learn more about what we can do to help you and your family.

Causes of gynecomastia

Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 9:48 am by Williams Hart   

Gynecomastia is a condition in which the male breast is enlarged due to a hormone imbalance. It may be due to the blocking of testosterone or the increase in estrogen levels. Several health conditions may cause the development of gynecomastia, according to the Mayo Clinic. They are:

  • Starvation/malnutrition – Levels of testosterone drop when the body does not get ample nutrition, while estrogen levels remain the same.
  • Hyperthyroidism — A condition in which the thyroid gland produces excessive thyroxine, throwing the body’s hormones into imbalance.
  • Hypogonadism – A condition that interrupts regular testosterone production.
  • Liver failure/cirrhosis
  • Tumors – Particularly those involving the testes, as they may impact the production of hormones.
  • Kidney failure – Hormonal imbalances are a common aspect of regular hemodialysis.
  • Aging – Hormonal changes are common results of aging, especially in overweight males.

Another cause of gynecomastia is the use of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The effects of this prescription medication have affected many men over the years, causing the physical condition that often leads to physical discomfort and embarrassment. If you have suffered as a result of the drug Risperdal, speak with our lawyers at Williams Hart today by calling our office at (713) 352-7071.

Janssen to pay $15.5 million in Kentucky Risperdal case

Posted on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 at 11:01 am by Williams Hart   

Kentucky New Era reported that Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, agreed to a $15.5 million settlement on December 22. The case was a consumer protection lawsuit in Kentucky that accused Johnson & Johnson of falsely marketing the second-generation antipsychotic prescription drug Risperdal.

The Kentucky Consumer Protection lawsuit stated that the manufacturer of the antipsychotic drug did not inform consumers of its dangers and that the drug was marketed for purposes other than those ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Attorney General Conway said, “Janssen and Johnson & Johnson put patients at risk when they marketed Risperdal without disclosing the drug’s known side effects.”

According to reports, Janssen is not allowed to promote Risperdal for purposes not approved by the FDA or for populations in which it is not approved. Kentucky required Janssen to openly discuss the risks of the drug in advertisements.

Risperdal spawned male breast growth lawsuits all over the country, and there are still many cases on trial. If you have suffered any adverse side effects while taking Risperdal, contact our lawyers at Williams Hart by calling (713) 352-7071 today to learn how we can help you.

Johnson & Johnson to pay plaintiff in new Risperdal case

Posted on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 at 11:24 am by Williams Hart   

Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, was ordered to pay a plaintiff $500,000 by a Philadelphia jury on December 11, according to news sources. Plaintiff Timothy Stange, who started taking the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal when he was 11, was awarded in the verdict after he said that the pharmaceutical company did not warn him of the side effects associated with the drug.

Stange was prescribed Risperdal to control his Tourette syndrome, but he developed gynecomastia during the three years he spent on the medication. Gynecomastia is a condition in which male breasts become enlarged; it has been cited as a side effect in many Risperdal lawsuits throughout the country.

This is the first Risperdal case to result in a settlement of less than $1 million, and Stange’s lawyer stated that the effect of the gynecomastia was “modest,” as it mostly affected his social life by causing the young boy humiliation.

If you have developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, please contact our qualified pharmaceutical defect attorneys at Williams Hart by calling us today at (713) 352-7071.

What is gynecomastia?

Posted on Sunday, December 20th, 2015 at 9:47 am by Williams Hart   

The enlargement of the glandular tissue of the male breast is called gynecomastia. This condition often occurs as a result of a hormonal imbalance in the body, especially when the male body has more estrogen (female hormone) than androgen (male hormone).

Gynecomastia is commonly associated with other medical problems such as chronic kidney failure, cirrhosis of the liver, and hyperthyroidism. One prominent cause of gynecomastia may be the abuse of drugs and several medications.

The anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, has spawned many lawsuits in which gynecomastia was cited as a side effect. Research has also linked this drug to the condition, and the manufacturer has listed gynecomastia as a side effect on the prescription packaging.

If you have been affected by serious side effects of a drug you should have been able to trust, the legal team at Williams Hart is prepared to represent you as you seek justice and compensation. Call us today at (713) 352-7071 to learn about the services we offer.

Johnson & Johnson to pay $1.75M in Risperdal trial

Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 2:44 pm by Williams Hart recently reported that a jury ordered well-known pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson to pay approximately $1.75 million to 21-year-old Nicholas Murray from Maryland after he developed female breasts after taking the company’s anti-psychotic drug, Risperdal.

The report said that the jury concluded that Johnson & Johnson failed to advise patients and doctors that Risperdal could trigger abnormal breast development in males. The verdict granted damages for disfigurement and mental anguish to Murray.

The recent ruling is just one out of approximately 5,400 Risperdal cases against Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen unit. According to the report, in the same state court where Murray’s case was decided, there are about 1,500 other Risperdal lawsuits that have been filed by men who developed breasts after using the anti-psychotic drug.

If you or a loved one has suffered adverse and unadvertised side effects after taking Risperdal, help is available. Contact the experienced Risperdal lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart by calling us today at (713) 352-7071.

Johnson & Johnson to pay $5.6M for Risperdal death

Posted on Saturday, October 31st, 2015 at 9:00 am by Williams Hart   

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit was hit with a $5.6 million verdict by a California jury on October 16 over the death of Leo Liu during the company’s clinical study of Risperdal, a well-known anti-psychotic medication. The victim’s mother, Marion Liu, said that her son participated in Janssen’s human drug trial and that he died when Janssen’s employees did nothing to treat his heart condition during the drug trial.

Due to the jury’s finding that Janssen Research and Development LLC was 70% responsible for Liu’s death in the trial, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary has been ordered to pay the $5.6 million to Liu’s family. Liu’s psychiatrist, Madeleine Valencerina, was also implemented in the trial. Valencierina allegedly received a payout from Janssen for convincing Liu to join the drug trial; she is being held liable for the remaining 30% of the settlement, bringing the total up to $8 million.

Risperdal is known to cause new or exacerbated conditions in patients who take it for anti-psychosis, and our team of lawyers at Williams Hart want you to know that you may be able to recover compensation for your suffering as a result of this drug. Call us today at (713) 352-7071 to learn more.

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