This report was published as hundreds of Risperdal lawsuits – many of which were filed on behalf of children – are pending in U.S. courts.
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As Risperdal lawsuits (http://www.risperdallawsuitcenter.com/) continue to mount in U.S. courts, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a new report out of Australia has detailed a steep rise in the use of antipsychotic drugs among that country’s children. The report, which was prepared by the Drug Utilisation Sub Committee (DUSC) of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), found that more than 12,600 children under the age of 19 are being treated with antipsychotic drugs. Among other things, the report noted that risperidone (sold in the U.S. under the brand-name Risperdal), was the most commonly prescribed drug in children aged 14 years or younger. Overall risperidone use increased by 46% during the period covered by the report.*
According to an article on news.com.au, the findings have raised concerns in Australia, due to the serious side effects that often accompany the use of antipsychotic drugs. The growing use of risperidone and other antipsychotics have also fueled worry that the medications are being prescribed for unapproved uses.**
“This report was published as hundreds of Risperdal lawsuits – many of which were filed on behalf of children – are pending in U.S. courts. It should be noted that these claims accuse the manufacturers of the drug of promoting Risperdal for unapproved pediatric uses,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free legal consultations to men and boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia due to their use of Risperdal.
Risperdal Lawsuit Allegations
Court documents indicate that some 500 Risperdal lawsuits have been filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. Scores of these claims have been filed on behalf of boys and men who allegedly developed gynecomastia (male breast growth). Among other things, the lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals concealed the link between Risperdal and gynecomastia. (Risperdal Litigation, case number 100300296)
In the U.S., Risperdal is approved to treat adult and adolescent schizophrenia, bipolar disorder in adults and children ages 10-to-17, and irritability in children (5-to-16 years of age) with autistic disorder. However, Risperdal lawsuits point out that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) did not begin approving pediatric indications for the drug until 2006. The complaints allege that prior to that, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen improperly promoted the medication for use in children.
On November 4, 2013 the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Johnson & Johnson had agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve criminal and civil charges stemming from its marketing of Risperdal and other drugs. Among other things, federal prosecutors had alleged that the company marketed Risperdal for pediatric uses long before it was approved for such indications in 2006. According to court documents filed in the case, the Justice Department had also charged that the company concealed side effects associated with the medication, including an association between Risperdal and male breast growth. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 04-cv-1529)
Alleged victims of Risperdal and gynecomastia may be entitled to file their own Risperdal lawsuit. To learn more about this potential Risperdal side effect, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. Free case reviews may also be obtained by calling the Firm directly at 800-511-5092.
*pbs.gov.au/info/industry/listing/participants/public-release-docs/antipsychotics-children-adolescents-2013, DUSC, June 2014
**news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/why-are-our-toddlers-being-prescribed-antipsychotic-drugs/story-fnet08ui-1226946316491m news.com.au, June 7, 2014
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