Johnson and Johnson’s Nov. 2013 settlement with the Justice Department has brought the issue of Risperdal lawsuits back into the media. While the settlement involved the fining of J&J for improper marketing practices, the headlines have people buzzing about the side effects of Risperdal, a widely-prescribed antipsychotic drug. When taken by adolescent boys and young men, Risperdal may cause the development of abnormal breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia.
Free Risperdal Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Risperdal and we can help.
What’s the Problem with Risperdal?
Risperdal (generic: risperidone) received approval from the FDA in 1993 for the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders. The drug was subsequently approved in 2006 to treat minors with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). However, before Risperdal was even approved for this purpose, J&J had been marketing the medicine to doctors and facilities that treated children for behavioral disorders, according to a November 2013 article published in the New York Times.
While J&J led doctors and parents to believe that Risperdal was safe to treat ADHD and OCD, the company neglected to warn that the antipsychotic may increase prolactin levels in adolescent boys and young men, resulting in a painful and embarrassing condition called gynecomastia. J&J knew males in these age ranges were particularly susceptible to the development of abnormal breast tissue, yet the company failed to warn about this risk.
During a November 2013 press conference, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated that, “Through these alleged actions these companies lined their pockets at the expense of American taxpayers, patients and the private insurance industry.”
How Minors are Affected by Risperdal Lawsuit Statute of Limitations
Each state sets a specific amount of time a person has to file a lawsuit. This is referred to as a statute of limitations (SOL). Although Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuits have already been filed for a number of years, the SOL has not run out for everyone.
In the case of minors who developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, there are a number of specific statute rules. Males who suffered abnormal breast growth from Risperdal have 7 years after their 18th birthday to file a claim. Each person’s situation is different, however, that’s why it’s important for victims of Risperdal to speak with a lawyer to discuss their legal rights immediately.
Can I File a Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a Risperdal Lawsuit, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a product was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a potential side effect. In the case of Risperdal, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of gynecomastia.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a Risperdal Lawsuit, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your gynecomastia, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold Risperdal’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective medication into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I have a Risperdal Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Risperdal lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Risperdal Gynecomastia cases in all 50 states.
Free Risperdal Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Risperdal Suit and we can help.