In July, a Chicago man, who suffered serious and permanent disfigurement after taking the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal filed a new lawsuit. Michael Johnson brings counts of negligence and breach of warranties against Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson). According to the lawsuit, the defendants failed to warn men about dangerous side effects—such as gynecomastia. Johnson started taking Risperdal when he was just 11 years old. He continued to take this medication for 5 years while he was going through puberty. During this time,he experienced weight gain and damage to his endocrine and sexual systems. As a result, he developed permanent gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is the development of breasts in men. This development is permanent and results in men having to undergo mastectomies to surgically remove the breast tissue. These men experience severe mental pain and anguish and embarrassment as a result. According to the lawsuit, Johnson’s physicians were unaware of the serious side effects and risks associated with Risperdal. If they had been aware, they would not have prescribed this information to him. In addition, his physicians received information and promotional materials that claimed Risperdal was safe and an appropriate treatment choice for adolescents. The plaintiffs claim that Janssen engaged in promotional activities that were false and misleading and encouraged the off-label use of Risperdal. In 1999, the very year that Mr. Johnson began taking Risperdal, the FDA sent a letter to Janssen reprimanding them for a campaign that included false and misleading materials. In 2001, the FDA demanded that they change their label to include a statement that said, “the safety and effectiveness in children have not been established”. Johnson seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Risperdal Lawsuit Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been harmed after taking the dangerous drug Risperdal, it is important to contact the national Risperdal lawsuit attorneys at Phillips Law Firm. We represent patients across the United States who have been diagnosed with gynecomastia after taking Risperdal. If you are interested in learning more about your legal options, call us at 1-800-708-6000. Our Risperdal lawsuit attorneys are waiting to assist you 24/7, offering a free case evaluation. Remember our no fee promise. If we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee.