Filing a Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuit
If you or a male you love experienced gynecomastia, or breast growth, while taking Risperdal, you may be entitled to file a Risperdal claim and recover damages for the embarrassment, suffering and pain that this condition has caused. An increasing number of claims are being filed on behalf of boys and men who allegedly developed gynecomastia and who have reportedly required mastectomy, liposuction or lactation procedures to remove the breast tissue. According to court documents, several Risperdal settlements have been reached.
The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are also providing free case evaluations to those who allegedly developed gynecomastia while taking Invega, another antipsychotic manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
Considering Filing a Risperdal Lawsuit?
Boys or men who developed gynecomastia while or after using Risperdal may be entitled to file Risperdal lawsuits against Janssen to seek compensation for their injuries. Risperdal, an atypical antipsychotic medication, was initially approved to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in adults and adolescents as well as irritability in young children with autism between the ages of five and 16. However, court records indicate that Risperdal has been linked to other conditions in addition to gynecomastia including diabetes and movement disorders since its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993.
In the U.S., research continues to mount that allegedly links the medication to breast development and growth in males. For instance, a report published in 2006 by the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology acknowledged the existence of high levels of a hormone associated with breast development in females in several children who were reportedly taking Risperdal.
Additionally, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology published a study in 2009 that suggested that increased levels of prolactin, a hormone, could last for up to two years in Risperdal patients, which targets dopamine receptors and serotonin in the brain.
Due to these recent findings, plaintiffs have come forward to file Risperdal lawsuits in courts across the U.S. against Janssen and Johnson & Johnson. Plaintiffs involved in these claims allege that the companies knew of the potential dangers and risks associated with the product but neglected to warn the public of the possible complications. Although no class action lawsuits have been filed, a report issued by Bloomberg.com in October 2012 asserted that companies had begun the process of settling several claims that had been filed in a proceeding established in Pennsylvania’s state court.
Allegations in Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits
The following symptoms and side effects have been associated with gynecomastia in patients taking Risperdal and have been alleged in pending Risperdal lawsuits throughout the U.S.:
- Pain in the breast
- Swollen breast tissue
- Nipple discharge from one or both breasts
- Tenderness in the breast
As those who claim to have experienced these adverse side effects come forward to file claims, the manufacturer’s marketing of its medication and other antipsychotic drugs have recently come under fire. An article published in the Wall Street Journal in 2012 reported that Johnson & Johnson allegedly settled charges with the federal government over its questionable marketing of Risperdal but threatened to throw out a $212 million settlement in 2013 with the U.S. Department of Justice. The agency claimed that the manufacturers were to acknowledge the fact that they had allegedly minimized the severity of Risperdal’s side effects, including its association with elevated prolactin levels in young children.
We Can Assist You in Filing a Risperdal Lawsuit
Have you or someone you love suffered from injuries or adverse side effects including gynecomastia while taking Risperdal and you are wondering whether you have a valid Risperdal lawsuit claim? The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP can help you to determine if you are entitled to file for compensation for your injuries. Call us today at 1-855-511-1001 to speak with one of our professional attorneys and receive a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We may also be able to assist you in filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one if a family member passed away while taking Risperdal. You could be entitled to recover damages such as loss of income, emotional injuries, physical injuries, life-threatening conditions, wrongful death or permanent disabilities.