Johnson & Johnson
Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Inc is the eighth largest pharmaceutical company and the world’s largest seller of health care products. While remaining wildly successful, the company has been associated with numerous scandals over the years, including the recall of 31 million bottles of Tylenol in 1982.
Johnson & Johnson recieved allegations related to promotional and marketing practices for its atypical antipsychotic prescription medication, Risperdal®.
Risperdal® (generic name is Risperidone) is a type of antipsychotic medication used to treat people who suffer from behavioral disorders, mental illnesses, or other developmental disabilities. It’s mainly prescribed to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability in people with autism. Although Risperdal® works to improve symptoms those who suffer from any of these diagnoses, it’s also associated with serious side effects such as the increased risk of developing gynecomastia, a condition that causes male breast tissue enlargment.
Lawsuits and Settlements
Settlements between Johnson & Johnson and the US government to resolve charges of its illegal promotion of Risperdal® to children and the elderly were made. This also includes reaffirmation from Johnson & Johnson regarding the promotion of atypical antispsychotics for off-label uses, and any false or misleading claims related to the medication.
In 2013, Johnson & Johnson plead guilty to criminal charges and paid a $2.2 Billion settlement to the US government to resolve charges of its illegal promotion of Risperdal to children and the elderly.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one developed developed breasts after taking Risperdal®, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Recovery may include compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of spousal consortium. Avram Blair & Associates P.C. is headquartered in Houston, Texas but handles transvaginal mesh cases nationwide. To find out if you have a claim, please call Avram Blair & Associates P.C. at (800) 480-6438 or contact us online for your free consultation.