Gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) is a disfiguring side effect of Risperdal (risperidone). Many victims of Risperdal were prescribed the drug as children, before the FDA ever approved pediatric uses. In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was ordered to pay $2.2 billion for illegally marketing Risperdal to children. The Risperdal lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP are now evaluating legal claims on behalf of North Carolina residents who were injured.
Need a Risperdal Lawyer? If you or your loved one is a resident of North Carolina who was injured by Risperdal, contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. If you file a North Carolina Risperdal lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
Studies of Risperdal and Gynecomastia
Numerous studies have linked Risperdal (risperidone) to an increased risk of gynecomastia. When gynecomastia affects young boys and teenagers, the side effects can be devastating — physical disfigurement, emotional trauma, painful surgeries, permanent scarring, and more.
Over 130 young men who took Risperdal and developed gynecomastia have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. These lawsuits accuse the drug-maker of failing to warn about the risk of gynecomastia. In fact, studies linking Risperdal and gynecomastia have been published since the 1990s:
- 1999 — Psychopharmacology — Study links gynecomastia to a combination of Risperdal and Prozac.
- 2006 — Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology — Researchers caution doctors against prescribing Risperdal to children due to the risk of gynecomastia and other, unknown long-term side effects.
- 2009 — Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology — Elevated prolactin levels persisted for 2 years in Risperdal users.
Risperdal and Tardive Dyskinesia
Studies have found that at least 5% of Risperdal users develop tardive dyskinesia within one year. This condition is characterized by involuntary, repetitive movements in the face, hands, or other parts of the body. Unfortunately, there is no cure for tardive dyskinesia.
Tardive dyskinesia symptoms:
- Facial grimacing
- Finger movements
- Lip smacking
- Cheek puffing
- Tongue thrusting
- Jaw swinging
- Repetitive chewing
Were Risperdal Side Effects Concealed?
Our lawyers are concerned that Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceutical unit may have illegally concealed risk information involving Risperdal. As part of a $2.2 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), prosecutors unsealed documents showing evidence that clinical trial RIS-232 was withheld.
RIS-232 was completed in March 2003 but was not published until 2006. It showed that elderly dementia patients on Risperdal were more likely to suffer fatal cardiovascular events, including stroke. One researcher who sounded the alarm in 2004 warned:
“At this point, we must be concerned that this gives the strong appearance that Janssen is purposely withholding the findings from RIS 232.”
How Can a Risperdal Lawyer Help?
If you were injured by Risperdal, you are not alone — hundreds of lawsuits have already been filed by people who were injured, and many have already settled. Contact Schmidt & Clark, LLP to speak with a Risperdal lawyer about how to seek justice and compensation for your injury. Our lawyers always review cases at no charge, and we typically work on contingency-fee.
You could be entitled to compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses, long-term care
- Lost income
- Disability or long-term injuries (scarring, disfigurement, tardive dyskinesia, diabetes, etc.)
- Punitive damages
- And more
Need a Risperdal Lawyer?
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 cases in North Carolina.
Free North Carolina Risperdal Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by Risperdal, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit, and our Risperdal lawyers can help.