New York, NY (PRWEB) July 27, 2014
A consolidated litigation that now includes more than 600 Risperdal lawsuit (http://www.lawreward.com/risperdal/) filings is proceeding in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where a meeting has been scheduled in August to discuss claims involving the antipsychotic medication, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.
A Calendar updated on the court’s website indicates that the meeting will take place on August 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. At this time, parties in the litigation will likely address issues related to Risperdal lawsuits, which similarly accuse Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. of failing to adequately warn about injuries that allegedly stem from use of the drug. According to court documents, these may include complications associated with gynecomastia, a condition referring to male breast development. (In Re: Risperdal Litigation, Case Number 100300296)
“Our Firm continues to hear from men and young boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal. We are pleased to see further progress in the Pennsylvania litigation,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free and confidential case reviews to individuals who were allegedly injured by Risperdal.
According to court records, Risperdal lawsuits filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas similarly allege that the medication, which is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat such conditions as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, may cause a series of painful and embarrassing side effects. Included in this litigation are hundreds of claims that Risperdal may stimulate production of prolactin, a hormone associated with female breast development and lactation. This may increase a man’s risk of developing breasts, which can necessitate liposuction and mastectomy procedures to reverse the complication, Risperdal plaintiffs allege.
Johnson & Johnson and Janssen have also been accused of promoting the drug off-label to children, before it garnered FDA approval for pediatric uses in 2006. The companies were also aware of Risperdal gynecomastia and other side effects associated with the medication that they concealed from the general public, according to claims.
Court records indicate that these allegations were shared by the U.S. Department of Justice, who filed charges against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen last year over its marketing of Risperdal and certain other drugs. In November 2013, the federal government announced that the companies paid $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil charges that Risperdal was improperly marketed for pediatric uses, and may have concealed its association with elevated levels of prolactin, a side effect suggested to cause male breasts.
Men and young boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal may be eligible to pursue a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen. Learn more about the process of filing a Risperdal lawsuit when you visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For a free case review, please call 800-511-5092.
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