Friday, April 18, 2014

Risperdal: What are these claims about?

We are starting to see more and more Risperdal claims.  What are these claims about?

Risperdal is the brand name for a drug manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc (a division of Johnson & Johnson) and initially approved to treat schizophrenia.

Use of Risperdal can cause Gynecomastia (enlarged breasts in males) and Galactorrhea (breast milk discharge), Diabetes, and Hyperglycemia.

In 2013, Janssen settled claims brought by the DOJ for $2.2 billion  involving treatment of elderly dementia patients and marketing the drug to children and adolescents.

In 2014, Janssen settled claims brought by the Montana Attorney General..

What are the criteria for claims currently being pursued?

1.  Age:  Born before 12/31/75
2.  Took the brand name drug or generic manufactured by Patriot
3.  Claims where breasts develop either while on the drug or within 2-3 months after taking the drug.

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