Common Questions Risperdal Victims Need to Have Answered
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I suffered a movement disorder as a result of Risperdal use, can I pursue compensation?
For many years, the antipsychotic drug Risperdal has been prescribed for various uses among patients. Unfortunately, since its introduction to the market, the drug has also been linked to various adverse side effects for some users. One of these side effects is the development of a movement disorder. This movement disorder is also known as extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), resulting in muscular and neurological problems. Victims suffering a movement disorder as a result of taking Risperdal may be entitled to seek compensation against the drug’s manufacturer.
Symptoms of Movement Disorders Resulting From Risperdal Use
Unfortunately for victims, the symptoms of a movement disorder are often embarrassing, tiring, and disruptive to daily life. These symptoms may include the following:
- Short, quick movements of the limbs, head, and tongue
- Slow, painful, twisting movements that are repeated over and over
- Involuntary noises such as grunting
Some victims may find it difficult to go out in public because they are embarrassed by their condition, resulting in feelings of isolation. Victims may also suffer from such severe symptoms that they are unable to return to work. Movement disorders can remain even after a victim stops taking Risperdal.
Fortunately, victims suffering from adverse side effects as a result of Risperdal use may be entitled to compensation for their suffering. This compensation may include both compensatory and punitive damages resulting from the use of a dangerous drug. We have helped many previous clients pursue the compensation that they deserve, and we can help you too. Get started by checking out our many client testimonials for more information.
I took Risperdal for an off-label use and suffered an injury, am I entitled to compensation?
Johnson & Johnson, the largest pharmaceutical and health products manufacturer in the world, is the parent company of the maker of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. At one time, this drug had yearly sales of more than $4.5 million dollars. Unfortunately, the use of this drug has since been linked to many severe and adverse side effects. It has also come to light that the drug’s maker aggressively marketed the use of the drug for unapproved uses. Many resulting lawsuits now accuse the company of having knowingly marketed the drug for these uses despite being aware of the associated risks.
Risperdal’s Maker Reportedly Marketed its Use for 7 Off-Label Uses
Fortunately for victims, it may be possible to pursue claims against the drug’s maker even if injuries occurred as a result of unapproved uses of the drug. What off-label uses did the company reportedly market the drug for? The following are seven examples:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Conduct disorder
If you took Risperdal for an unapproved use and suffered injuries as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important, however, to seek guidance from an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional. Victims may be able to pursue a claim for various types of damages, including compensatory and punitive damages.
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What are the allegations against Risperdal’s manufacturer?
Patients suffering from mental illness often turn to their physicians for help with managing their symptoms. In some cases, doctors may prescribe medication. One type of anti-psychotic drug that has been prescribed for certain conditions is known as Risperdal. The drug is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The drug was first approved for use in individuals suffering from schizophrenia. It was later approved for treating bipolar disorder and irritability associated with autism spectrum disorders. Unfortunately, the use of the drug has since been linked to several potentially harmful side effects. Some patients who have taken the drug are accusing Janssen Pharmaceuticals of wrongdoing, and are pursuing lawsuits against the company as a result.
Five Accusations Against Risperdal’s Manufacturer
What are some of the accusations being made against Janssen Pharmaceuticals with regard to its drug Risperdal? The following is an overview:
- The manufacturer of the drug unlawfully promoted its use.
- The manufacturer of the drug marketed the medication for off-label uses. This means that the uses it promoted were not U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved.
- The manufacturer of the drug illegally incentivized medical professionals to prescribe their drug. Some of the perks that were allegedly offered to doctors included golf trips and drugs in exchange for prescribing the medication.
- The manufacturer should have noticed the potential side effects of the drug during its clinical trials of the medication.
- The manufacturer failed to discover the serious and life-altering side effects associated with Risperdal use during the rigorous testing process that the medication should have undergone before it was sold. Or, in the alternative, the company did discover these side effects, but chose to keep it a secret.
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Did taking Risperdal cause my pituitary gland tumors?
When a patient suffers from certain types of mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, doctors may prescribe the drug Risperdal. Unfortunately, studies have shown a link between the use of this drug and several types of potentially dangerous side effects. One example is the growth of pituitary gland tumors. While some of these tumors may be benign and potentially harmless, others can present serious complications that require surgery or radiation in order to treat.
An Overview of the Link Between Risperdal and Pituitary Tumor Growth
How can a schizophrenia drug like Risperdal lead to a potentially dangerous side effect like pituitary tumors? The following is an overview:
- The pituitary gland produces the hormone referred to as prolactin.
- Prolactin is the hormone that tells a woman’s breasts to enlarge and produce milk.
- When the body is functioning normally, a chemical called dopamine kicks in and halts the production of the prolactin.
- Risperdal acts to block dopamine. The positive aspect of this side effect is that the blocking of dopamine acts to reduce the patient’s psychotic symptoms.
- As a result, there is no mechanism to stop the production of prolactin by the pituitary gland.
- When prolactin is overproduced for an extended period of time, the pituitary gland can grow larger.
- Enlargement of the pituitary gland increases the risk of tumor growth.
If you or a loved one took Risperdal to treat a mental illness and suffered complications as a result, it is important to take action in order to protect your legal rights. We are here to guide you through this process. We encourage you to check out our many client testimonials to learn more about how we have successfully represented clients in the past.