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Risperdal $327 million penalty upheld in SC court

David W. Hodges
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
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Johnson & Johnson Risperdal lawsuits

$327 million civil penalty against Johnson & Johnson upheld by South Carolina judge

In March of this year, a jury found Johnson & Johnson guilty of overstating the safety of its former bestseller antipsychotic, Risperdal. Now, a South Carolina judge has ruled that the $327 million civil penalty against the company should stand.
Risperdal was once bringing in billions of dollars in sales for J&J, but the company has faced lawsuits over improper marketing and marketing for off-label uses.

Consumer lawsuits over Risperdal side effects and off-label uses

Several states (including California, Florida, Illinois, and Texas) have filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary) for claims that the company failed to disclose serious risks including:
  • excessive weight gain,
  • increased stroke risk,
  • diabetes, 
  • increased risk of death (for elderly dementia patients),
  • seizures, 
  • Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS), and 
  • Tardive Dyskinesia.

Doctors prescribed the drug for many uses including Alzheimer’s, aggression and anxiety in elderly patients, but also for children with autism or behavioral disorders.

States have made allegations that the companies make misleading statements to doctors about the drug’s safety and paying doctors to prescribe the drug when they otherwise would not.

Have you or a loved one suffered after taking Risperdal?

If you have suffered the consequences of taking Risperdal you should contact a board certified lawyer immediately to investigate your case. Many consumers have filed lawsuits against the company for dangerous Risperdal side effects.

Contact our board certified personal injury attorneys
today to discuss your case for free. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means if we don’t make a recovery in your case you do not owe us anything.

FAQ: Do I have a Risperdal lawsuit? 
This medication was a Godsend for my son. He lives in a nursing home and has a brain injury although he's pretty sharp and on top of things. He does get frustrated, though, then his temper comes out. Not terrible but upsetting. He was put on Resperidol Jan of '11 and what a miracle. He became a totally different person. No temper and he started eating really well. Until then he had been on complete tube feeding for a few years but started eating so well they were able to take him totally off tube feeding as he gained too much weight being on both. In Jan of this year they took him off of it without telling me. His eating went to hell and his temper came back. After a hospital stay (for a totally different reason) in late Feb. I found out he was no longer on it. They said the state always wants people off to see if they can manage without. Last week I told his nurse to get hold of the DR and get him back on it NOW. Temper all the time, not eating. I do not want him like this. I will find out today if he's back on.
Posted by Katahleen Brave on April 13, 2012 at 02:35 PM

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