Risperdal lawsuits, in the hundreds, continue to gain traction and move forward in Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The basis of the suits alleges that use of the drug Risperdal has caused men and boys to develop gynecomastia.
Court documents show an estimated 700 Risperdal lawsuits have been filed on behalf of individuals who have suffered gynecomastia and other serious health effects that has been linked to the medication.
The lawsuits further allege Johnson & Johnson failed to provide adequate warning labels regarding the drug’s side effects.
The drug, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is sold by Johnson & Johnson and belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics which are used to treat certain mental/mood disorders in adults and adolescents including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Risperidone (the generic form of Risperdal) works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain.
Several hundred boys that took these drugs suffered Gynecomastia, the swelling of the breast tissue in boys and men which is brought on by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. The disorder can affect one or both breasts and often times unevenly.
Generally speaking, gynecomastia isn’t a serious problem, but it can be difficult to cope with the condition as many men suffer embarrassment as well having pain in their breasts. Some cases go away on their own while others require medication and/or surgery.
Last year Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen unit plead guilty to misbranding Risperdal. They agreed to pay $2.2 billion to settle allegations brought against them by the U.S. Department of Justice over the marketing of Risperdal and other medications.
What can patients do?
Most importantly, any health concerns should be discussed with your medical doctor immediately. Next, men and boys that allegedly developed gynecomastia from Risperdal use may be entitled to compensation for pain, suffering, embarrassment, compensation of medical bills as well as lost wages and more. Consult an attorney to discuss you rights and options.