Risperdal®, the marketed name for the generic drug risperdone, is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and other mood disorders. Unfortunately, Risperdal® has been linked to severe and distressing side-effects in many of the patients it was intended to help.
Many adolescent boys that took Risperdal® experienced a severe imbalance of hormones that caused the development of male breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia can cause severe mental distress, especially among young patients that are being treated for mood and psychological disorders. In severe cases, some patients even required mastectomy surgery to remove the breasts they grew as a result of taking Risperdal®.
If you or a loved one suffered severe side-effects after taking Risperdal®, Henson Fuerst may be able to help. Contact us today to learn how our experienced North Carolina Drug Injury attorneys can help protect your rights and recover the compensation you deserve.
Off-Label Usage of Risperdal
Although Risperdal® was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004 as a treatment for schizophrenia, many patients were prescribed the drug to treat unapproved medical conditions. When patients take a drug to treat a condition other than the one for which it was originally approved by the FDA, it is known as “off label” usage.
The drug’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, marketed Risperdal® as a safe and effective treatment for children suffering from bipolar disorder and Autism. However, the drug was never federally approved to treat these conditions, and the resulting side-effects were devastating for many patients.
Numerous lawsuits now allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals pushed these off-label uses for approval as early as the 1990s, and worked to hide or ignore mounting evidence of severe side-effects caused by Risperdal®.
In fact, in 2015 Johnson & Johnson lost the first Risperdal® lawsuit to go to trial. The manufacturer was ordered by a Philadelphia jury to pay over $2.5 million in damages for failing to disclose the risks of off-label usage of Risperdal®.
Henson Fuerst is Here to Help
If you or a loved one suffered severe side-effects after taking the medication Risperdal®, Henson Fuerst is here to help. Our experienced North Carolina Drug Injury attorneys will stand up to medical manufacturers that put corporate profits above the safety of their customers.
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