Risperdal is an anti-psychotic drug manufactured by Johnson & Johnson which first hit the market in 1993. Initially, the FDA only approved Risperdal for use in adults. However, that was not good enough for Johnson & Johnson, and its sales people actively promoted off label uses of the drug, particularly with respect to children with various psychological issues and autism. It came to light at a later point in time that the boys that took this drug developed breasts.
As a result of complaints about this drug, the FDA began investigating it. The Department of Justice jumped on board, and began to investigate Risperdal beginning in 2004. In 2012, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay as much as $2.2 billion to resolve all of the probes of the use of Risperdal. This came on the heels of various state courts fining Johnson & Johnson billions of dollars. In April 2012, an Arkansas judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $1.2 billion in fines over its Risperdal marketing. That came only three months after Johnson & Johnson settled a case in Texas for $158 million. The Texas case included claims that a company marketed the drug for children while lacking approval from the FDA for such marketing. In June 2011, a South Carolina judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $327 million in penalties for deceptively marketing the drug. Finally, in August 2011, a Louisiana Court of Appeals upheld a $258 million verdict that a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay over Risperdal marketing in that state.
What all this means is that it is abundantly clear that Johnson & Johnson has intentionally exposed defenseless children, particularly males, to the risk of serious physical and mental issues from Risperdal. One of the main risks is the development of breasts in males. This has happened with autistic children in particular. Risperdal attorney David Grebel has investigated and is working on handling these cases on behalf of children injured from the use of Risperdal. He is investigating Risperdal lawsuits all around the country, not only in Missouri. If you or your child developed breasts as a result of taking Risperdal, contact Risperdal lawsuit attorney David Grebel today at (314) 221-0559.