(PRWEB) November 08, 2013
Drug maker Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $2.2 billion in civil and criminal fines to settle claims it improperly marketed the antipsychotic medication Risperdal to children, seniors and people with developmental disabilities. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP, which represents clients in Risperdal lawsuits, notes that the federal government has reported that there are health risks associated with use of the drug among those groups.
The United States Department of Justice announced the settlement, which also includes heart-failure drug Natrecor and the antipsychotic Invega, according to a Nov. 4 New York Times story.* The federal government alleges J&J marketed the drug to high-risk groups between 1999 and 2005, the story said, adding that part of the settlement includes J&J pleading guilty to a criminal misdemeanor for its role in promoting the drug to those groups (United States of America v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; 13-605; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania).
Risperdal has been shown to nearly double the risk of heart disease and pneumonia in elderly dementia patients, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.**
“Unfortunately, that $2.2 billion represents criminal and civil fines, not money to compensate victims,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group LLP. “Those injured by Johnson & Johnson’s actions should consider retaining an attorney to assist them in seeking to obtain compensation for harms allegedly suffered from use of the drug."
The Rottenstein Law Group LLP encourages those who believe they or their loved ones have suffered from the alleged side effects of Risperdal to visit the firm's website to learn more about Risperdal lawsuits and side effects.
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