Risperdal Lawsuit Information Center
Risperdal lawsuit filings are mounting in courts around the country on behalf of men and boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia, or male breast growth, due to their use of the antipsychotic drug. In fact, as of October 2012, Johnson & Johnson had already settled a handful of Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit claims, even as the litigation surrounding the medication continued to grow. Just a little over a year later, the company reached a settlement with the federal government to resolve charges that it improperly marketed a number of drugs, including Risperdal.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is investigating potential Risperdal lawsuits on behalf of men and boys who suffer from gynecomastia that may be linked to Risperdal. If you or a loved one took Risperdal, you may be eligible for compensation if you experienced:
- Male breast growth (gynecomastia)
- Liposuction, mastectomy or other surgical procedures to remove excess breast tissue due to Risperdal gynecomastia
Our legal staff is offering free Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit reviews to alleged victims of this drug, and they are available now to fully explain all of your legal rights and options. If you want to hold Johnson & Johnson accountable for the pain and embarrassment caused by Risperdal gynecomastia, please call to arrange for your no-obligation Risperdal lawsuit review.
Risperdal and Gynecomastia
Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic that is used to treat adolescents and adults with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as irritability associated with autistic disorder in children ages 6-to-16. Risperdal is also being used more and more as a treatment for ADHD, even though this is an off-label use that has not been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). While Risperdal has been on the market since 1996, it wasn’t until 2006 that the FDA approved the use of Risperdal in children.
The active ingredient in Risperdal is risperidone, which works by affecting the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. These neurotransmitters are known to affect mood and behavior. Another atypical antipsychotic, called Invega, is made with an active ingredient that is a metabolite of risperidone. Because it behaves in much the same way as Risperdal, Bernstein Liebhard LLP is also evaluating risperidone lawsuits on behalf of men and boys who used Invega and developed gynecomastia.
A number of studies have indicated that use of Risperdal may cause male breast development. In 2006, one such study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology found that the use of risperidone in children was associated with excessive levels of the hormone prolactin, which is tied to female breast development and lactation. Three years later, research published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology revealed that these high levels of prolactin could persist for as many as two years.
According to risperidone lawsuits, symptoms of male breast growth associated with Risperdal or Invega may include:
- Swollen breast tissue
- Tenderness in the breast
- Pain in the breast
- Nipple discharge from one or both breasts
Risperdal Lawsuits and Children
Many Risperdal lawsuits involve children, especially boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia due to their use of the medication. In addition to claiming the use of Risperdal caused male breast growth, Risperdal lawsuits filed on behalf of children allege that Johnson & Johnson improperly marketed the drug for pediatric use before the FDA cleared it for such purposes.
In October 2012, Bloomberg.com reported that Johnson & Johnson had settled five Risperdal lawsuits over children who allegedly suffered from male breast growth. Terms of those settlements were not revealed, and additional Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit claims continue to make their way through the courts.
In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle charges levied by the federal government that it improperly marketed certain drugs, including Risperdal. Among other things, the U.S. Department of Justice had alleged that Johnson & Johnson promoted off-label use of Risperdal in children, elderly dementia patients, and the mentally disabled.
Learn More about Filing a Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuit
If you or someone close to you developed male breasts that might be associated with Risperdal, you could be eligible to receive compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional damages. To learn more about filing a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit, please call for a free, no-obligation case review. Our legal staff will fully explain the issues involved in this litigation, so that you can make the right decision for you and your family.