Risperdal Mass Tort Lawsuits

Risperdal Attorneys in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts

Being treated for a mental illness should never cause you to become ill physically. Unfortunately, one popular antipsychotic drug has led to an unsettling side effect in many people who take it.

If you’ve been affected by Risperdal, you are not alone, and you are not without options.

If Risperdal caused you more harm than good, you may have grounds to join a mass tort lawsuit.

At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., our mass tort attorneys can help you with this process.

First, however, you will need to understand Risperdal’s history and what kind of ailment it can cause.

Let’s dive in.

What is Risperdal (Risperidone)?

Risperdal® is the brand name version of risperidone, an antipsychotic drug prescribed for the treatment of certain mental illnesses. Risperdal was initially approved in 1993 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. A little more than a decade letter, the FDA included some additional uses, including the treatment of bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorders. Doctors have also prescribed Risperdal for off-label mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

While beneficial for some users, the drug has had some unexpected and adverse effects.

In October 2019, for example, a Philadelphia jury awarded $8 billion in damages to a male who developed breasts after using Risperdal. This lawsuit increased awareness about the dangers of Risperdal.

Risperdal and Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is a condition in which breast tissue swells in males. It is most commonly caused when male estrogen levels are too high or out of balance with testosterone levels. Nevertheless, there is an increasing amount of information linking Risperdal use to the development of gynecomastia in young males. Gynecomastia cannot be cured or undone; instead, patients who wish to correct their swollen breast tissue require reconstructive surgery.

Doctors and experts around the country believe they have identified how Risperdal may be causing gynecomastia: Risperdal stimulates the production of prolactin, a hormone present in pregnant and/or nursing women.

Studies linking Risperdal use to the development of gynecomastia go back to at least 2006. Multiple studies since then have indicated that Risperdal use presents an increased risk of gynecomastia in young boys and male adolescents. Risperdal use has also been shown to cause lactation in both girls and boys. Around 2010, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported that almost 3 out of 4 cases of gynecomastia were linked to the use of Risperdal.

Problems for Janssen Pharmaceuticals of Johnson & Johnson

For more than a decade, Johnson & Johnson, and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, have been heavily scrutinized for Risperdal’s marketing and branding. In 2005 the FDA required J&J to add a black box warning to the drug. Shortly after, the first Risperdal lawsuit was filed by a young man who developed gynecomastia after using the drug for several years.

Since then, a number of states have pursued fraud and consumer protection lawsuits against J&J, resulting in billions of dollars of fines and penalties:

Federally, the U.S. Department of Justice has levied more than $2 billion in fines and penalties. Over the past few years hundreds of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of individuals who have been harmed by Risperdal.

Get Involved

If you or someone you know has suffered from the abnormal growth of breasts after taking Risperdal as a minor, contact Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. immediately.

Our team of 40+ attorneys has developed a proven legal strategy to help clients just like you. We are trustworthy and widely recognized by the legal community.

With affordable services and offices across the east coast, help is always a short trip away.

Additionally, we have handled mass tort cases against many dangerous drug manufacturers, including the makers of Valsartan.

If you need help making a claim against J&J, Janssen, and Risperdal, get started today with a phone call to {F:P:Site:Phone} and a free consultation.

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