The lawsuits allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the unit of Johnson & Johnson that manufactures and sells Risperdal, failed to adequately warn patients about the negative side effects of its antipsychotic drug.
Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) October 03, 2014
Morgan & Morgan is pleased to announce that the Honorable Judge William F. Highberger has appointed Laura V. Yaeger of the firm’s complex litigation team as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the California litigation* surrounding the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. As a committee member, Yaeger will be responsible for coordinating pretrial discovery and hearings, during which her duties will include examining witnesses, introducing evidence and reviewing motions.
“It is an honor,” Yaeger said. “This appointment positions our firm in an ideal position to protect the rights of our clients.”
Yaeger said that hundreds of boys allegedly injured by Risperdal have filed cases in California. According to court documents, the lawsuits allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the unit of Johnson & Johnson that manufactures and sells Risperdal, failed to adequately warn patients about the negative side effects of its antipsychotic drug. Specifically, the plaintiffs allege that the drug can cause gynecomastia, a medical condition where young boys and men develop unintended swelling of the breast tissue due to a hormonal imbalance, according to court documents.
Furthermore, court documents indicate that Janssen allegedly took part in an extensive “ghost writing” campaign to promote Risperdal for unapproved, off-label uses. Janssen hired medical professionals to write articles that touted Risperdal for pediatric uses, and then approached doctors who would publish the articles under their own names, which gave the articles false credence and deceived thousands of individuals, according allegations contained in court documents.
At Morgan & Morgan, Yaeger and the firm’s mass tort attorneys continue to investigate claims on behalf of Risperdal patients who developed gynecomastia. For more information, visit http://www.forthepeople.com/class-action-lawyers/risperdal-lawsuits today.
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*JCCP no. 4775 in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles