Sumter Residents Might Suffer Risperdal Side Effects
Risperdal was approved for use by the FDA in 1994. The drug helps manage psychosis related to schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. However, almost as soon as the drug launched in the US, Johnson & Johnson began to promote off-label use in children and the elderly. Risperdal was eventually approved for children’s prescriptions in 2006, but there are numerous side effects, including gynecomastia (breast tissue growth in men) that the company failed to warn pediatricians of, despite promoting the drug for off-label use as early as 2001.
Risperdal has not been approved for use in the elderly, but J&J still promotes the drug to gerontologists and for use in nursing homes, to help calm patients with dementia-related psychosis. Nursing home use of Risperdal is problematic because, according to lawsuits alleging nursing home abuse, Risperdal is illegally used as a form of chemical restraint.
South Carolina Residents File Risperdal Lawsuits
Like many states, South Carolina sued Johnson & Johnson for fraudulent marketing – the state said the pharmaceutical company sent misleading letters to pediatricians, claiming that Risperdal is safe for use in children. South Carolina won the lawsuit in 2007, and although the state’s Supreme Court recently reduced the financial penalty against J&J, the verdict that the pharmaceutical giant defrauded South Carolina and its residents still stands.
As South Carolina’s elderly population grows, chemical restraint in nursing homes will become a more important issue. Nursing home staff could feel overwhelmed and it could be tempting to use Risperdal and other antipsychotics to control psychotic behaviors in dementia patients. However, Risperdal has not been approved by the FDA for use in the elderly, and the drug could have harmful side effects. Risperdal has been linked to cardiovascular issues in elderly patients.
A Loved One Took Risperdal and Now Suffers Personal Injuries from Side Effects
Side effects of Risperdal in young boys include gynecomastia, a personal injury involving breast tissue growth (not just fat deposits) that can not only cause emotional injury, but put the boy at risk of cancer or hormone imbalances later in life.
Risperdal has also been linked to cardiovascular problems in the elderly, when doctors prescribe the drug to treat psychosis related to dementia. Risperdal has not been approved for use in elderly patients, and was not approved for use in children until 2006, and many personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits have been filed alleging that the drug was marketed improperly for off-label use, without Johnson & Johnson warning doctors of the side effects.
If you or a loved one took Risperdal as a child, or an elderly loved one has been given Risperdal in a nursing home, contact a dangerous drugs attorney at the Strom Law Firm immediately for help. We offer free consultations to discuss the facts of your case.