Two of the biggest mass tort programs on the Philadelphia Complex Litigation Center docket involve medications that are all or partially made by Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals – the antipsychotic Risperdal and the blood thinner Xarelto. Risperdal is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability with autism in adults and children. It is often used off-label to treat behavioral problems including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tourette’s. The drug has been found to raise levels of prolactin, the hormone produced by pregnant women to induce lactation. When this occurs in adolescent boys taking Risperdal, ... Read More
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