Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism are medical conditions that occur because of problems with the brain’s chemistry. 20 years ago, a drug known as Risperdal was approved for use in the United States by the FDA. Risperdal is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, and it was one of the first medications to be approved for treatment of schizophrenia. Over the years, it has also been approved for use for bipolar disorder and autism. In 2007, it was approved for use by children in some circumstances. Over the past two decades, Risperdal has been extremely popular.
All of these uses in all of these patients over all of this time has led to billions of dollars in revenue for Johnson & Johnson. When a medication is this successful, those in charge of it are going to do what’s necessary to protect it and advance it on the market. Despite the growing number of reports of alleged Risperdal side effects, Johnson & Johnson was accused by 45 state governments and the federal government of illegally marketing Risperdal for what are known as ‘off-label’ purposes. Off-label use of medication means that it’s used for purposes other than for what it is approved. In this case, Johnson & Johnson was accused of trying to push Risperdal for anxiety problems and for dementia. The company recently agreed to settled these claims for $2.2 billion.
Alleged Risperdal side effects and alleged marketing for off-label uses of Risperdal are the biggest problems that the medication has encountered since 1993 when it hit the market. The issue regarding marketing the medication for off-label purposes leads to more exposure to potential Risperdal side effects for consumers if more people begin to use it.
Examples of alleged Risperdal side effects include:
• Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
• Heart attack
• Suicidal thoughts
• Increased risk of death among elderly people with dementia
• Bone density loss
• Sexual dysfunction
• Pituitary tumors
• Tardive dyskinesia
• Severe weight gain
If you or someone you love has used Risperdal and has experienced any of these health problems, it could be because of the medication. Many people suffer from medication side effects without realizing it because they never make the connection.
To date, more than 400 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson around the country because of the development of these health problems. If you find yourself in this position, you are far from alone, but you need to get legal help before attempting to recover compensation from a company as large and as powerful as Johnson & Johnson. Corporations of this size have immense resources at their disposal and they can hire highly skilled expert witnesses and defense attorneys.
You need to level the playing field by hiring Risperdal side effects lawyers who have years of experience in holding even the largest corporations accountable for the harm that they have done to consumers. Contact Parilman & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation so you can learn more about your legal rights and options.