The Philadelphia drug injury lawyers at Feldman & Pinto are evaluating Risperdal drug injury cases from people who suffer serious side effects from Risperdal.
Risperdal is an anti-psychotic drug made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Doctors often prescribe this drug to control autistic children’s irritable or aggressive behavior.
Doctors also prescribe it for:
- bipolar disease
Risperdal is linked to an increased risk of:
- extreme weight gain
- gynecomastia (growth of very large breasts in boys or men)
- tardive dyskinesia (uncontrolled movements)
- death in elderly users
The FDA did not approve Risperdal for control of autistic children’s behavior until 2006. Before 2006, J&J illegally promoted the drug to children’s doctors in dozens of states. As a result, courts ordered J&J to pay more than $181 billion to these states.
Risperdal drug injury lawsuits brought against J&J allege that the company:
- knew that Risperdal can cause dangerous side effects
- failed to warn doctors and consumers of these risks, and
- marketed the drug for children’s use without FDA approval
Risperdal and Diabetes
Risperdal is associated with an increased risk of diabetes in adult and child users. The drug can lead to serious weight gain. This excessive weight can increase a user’s risk of developing type-2 diabetes. It can also worsen a patient’s existing diabetes.
Risperdal and Boys’ Female Breast Growth
Risperdal can cause a male’s breast tissue to increase. The breast growth results from the drug’s stimulation of prolactin. (Prolactin is a hormone that enables mothers to produce breast milk for their babies.) This is usually a permanent condition requiring surgery to remove the excess tissue. Boys and young men with female breast growth endure:
- ridicule from peers
- loss of self-esteem
- other emotional trauma
Juries have awarded damages for patients’ serious injuries in Risperdal drug injury lawsuits filed against J&J.
Our Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Attorneys also sue doctors who contribute to Risperdal injuries in their patients.
Doctors know that many users of Risperdal have developed serious and dangerous side effects, including:
- abnormal breast tissue in boys and young men
- medically serious obesity, and
- type-2 diabetes
As a result of this knowledge, they have a duty to keep a careful watch on patients for signs and symptoms of these effects. Doctors have a further duty to take reasonable steps to stem or prevent these side effects in their patients. Doctors who neglect to provide this level of care can be liable for patients’ Risperdal injuries in medical injury law suits.
Contact a Philadelphia Risperdal Drug Injury Lawyer
You may be entitled to money damages if you or a family member suffered personal injuries after Risperdal use. Please contact us to learn more about filing a Risperdal drug injury lawsuit. Our personal injury lawyers can help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve.