Risperdal® Drug Injury Lawyer
Risperdal® is an antipsychotic drug used to treat a variety of mental and mood disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability associated with autism. The drug has been linked with gynecomastia—the development of abnormally large male breasts—in young boys and adolescents, which can require surgery to correct.
If you or your child took Risperdal and developed gynecomastia, you may be entitled to compensation. The Risperdal lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help—just call (800) 210-8503 or complete a free initial consultation form.
Risperdal® and Gynecomastia
In January 2012, Bloomberg reported that the manufacturer of Risperdal, Johnson & Johnson, marketed the drug to doctors working with troubled children for uses not approved by the FDA in 2004.
Research has shown the risks Risperdal can pose to children. The largest study on the side effects of the drug in adolescents and children showed hormonal changes in male patients that triggered the development of gynecomastia—or the growth of breasts. In the study, three male adolescents out of the ten adolescents studied developed the condition, and researchers concluded that Risperdal should be administered to children and adolescents with caution.
Risperdal® Side Effects
In addition to gynecomastia, patients who take Risperdal may experience a variety of side effects, such as:
- Restless muscle movements in the eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck
- Seizures or convulsions
- Tremors or uncontrolled shaking
- Weight gain
- White patches or sores inside the mouth or lips
- What is Risperdal prescribed to treat?
Doctors prescribe Risperdal to treat several mental health conditions, including:
- Bipolar mania
- Are doctors still prescribing Risperdal?
Yes. Risperdal is approved by the FDA to treat mental health issues in children and adults, and the drug has not been recalled by the FDA or Johnson & Johnson.
- Does Risperdal make male breasts bigger
It can. A 2006 study in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology linked Risperdal to an increased risk of developing of large male breasts in young male patients.
- How do I file a Risperdal lawsuit?
Speak with one of our Risperdal drug injury attorneys to get started with your claim today. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we have more than 35 years of experience fighting for Americans harmed by drug company negligence, and we’re here to fight for you, too. Dial (800) 210-8503 or complete a free initial consultation form to get in touch with our legal staff, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
FDA and Risperdal®
In 2005, the FDA requested Risperdal’s manufacturer update the drug’s packaging with a black box warning—a warning reserved for serious or life-threatening drug side effects. The updated packaging, which debuted in 2006, alerts doctors and patients of an increased risk of mortality among elderly patients who suffer from dementia—related psychosis.
$2.5 Million Risperdal® Gynecomastia Lawsuit Verdict
In February 2015, Johnson & Johnson lost the first Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit to go to trial. Previous Risperdal side effect cases had settled out of court, including a $2.2 billion settlement in 2013. The lawsuit, brought by the family of an autistic boy who took the drug in 2002 and later developed large breasts, alleged that Johnson & Johnson improperly marketed the drug and did not warn patients of potential side effects, including gynecomastia. A Philadelphia jury returned a guilty verdict, ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.5 million in damages to the boy and his family.
We’re Here to Help
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’re dedicated to protecting victims’ rights against aggressive pharmaceutical giants. If you or your child took Risperdal before 2007 and developed gynecomastia, we want to speak to you. Our Risperdal drug injury attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other injury-related expenses. So don’t wait any longer—get the legal help you need, today.
Risperdal® is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson, and is used here only to identify the product in question.
This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Bloomberg L.P.; Johnson & Johnson; the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology; the National Center for Biotechnology Information; the Wall Street Journal; or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.