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Family vows to appeal judge’s decision to ax Risperdal side effects case

The latest lawsuit to go to trial in the Philadelphia Country Court of Common Pleas involving claims that the antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused an adolescent boy to grow disfiguring female breasts was axed mid-trial by the judge overseeing the case because the judge did not support the expert witness’ diagnosis of gynecomastia based solely on photographs. The family of the boy vowed to appeal. The lawsuit is one of more than 5,700 claims in a mass tort program in Philadelphia County alleging Risperdal makers Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals withheld data showing that Risperdal use in adolescent boys ... Read More

Risperdal lawsuits increasing in PA mass tort program

More than 3,000 new Risperdal lawsuits were filed in the first quarter of 2017, increasing the number of filings in the mass tort program to more than 5,500, according to the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. Attorneys for plaintiffs suing the makers of Risperdal over claims that the antipsychotic drug could cause disfiguring side effects are cautioning consumers that the clock is now clicking on similar claims with the possibility of a statue of limitations now looming. Risperdal, known chemically as risperidone, is used to treat adults and children with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability with autism. The drug ... Read More

Many children with autism given antipsychotics without prior behavioral therapy

Many children with autism are started on antipsychotic medications, many of which have harsh side effects, without trying safer options such as behavioral therapy, according to a study conducted by researchers at Bloorview Research Institute in Toronto, Canada. “The most important thing is to teach our kids skills that will allow them to learn how to regulate their own arousal level, emotions and behaviors before we give medication,” says lead investigator Evdokia Anagnostou. “Medications do not teach skills; they’re Band-Aids.” Antipsychotic medication, like Risperdal, is used to treat irritability in adults and children with autism. But these medications carry side ... Read More

Latest Risperdal trial resumes in Pennsylvania courtroom

The trial for a 23-yer-old Pennsylvania man suing Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals over disfiguring side effects allegedly caused the by company’s antipsychotic Risperdal resumed this week with a new jury. The previous jury was dismissed and a mistrial was declared by Judge Kenneth J. Powell Jr., after the plaintiff’s expert witness jumped up in the middle of his testimony to provide medical assistance when a juror was stricken by a medial emergency. Both sides settled on a new jury Monday and opening arguments began again. This is the seventh Risperdal side effects case to go to trial in the Philadelphia ... Read More

Risperdal was ‘worst mistake’ for one adolescent boy

Eddie Bible says taking the antipsychotic Risperdal was the worst mistake of his life. “If I knew what the side effects would be …I would have never taken it,” he told the Deccon Chronicle. Bible was prescribed Risperdal as a child to treat anxiety and bipolar disorder. The drug is also used to treat schizophrenia and irritability with autism. By the time Bible reached high school, he had developed large, female-like breasts, a condition clinically referred to as gynecomastia but one Bible called embarrassing. “I had larger boobs than the girls in school,” he said. “I thought, ‘Am I going to ... Read More

Antipsychotics market expected to grow through 2021

A growing aging population and increased prevalence of neurological disorders in the region contributes to North America’s dominance in antipsychotic sales in the global market, and sales of these drugs is expected to grow at a significant rate through 2021, according to market research company Persistence Market Research Antipsychotics are a group of medicines that are used to treat mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, and psychotic depression. They are also used to treat severe depression, anxiety, autism, and other behavioral conditions including ADHD. A growing awareness regarding different neurological disorders and their available treatment are expected to help ... Read More

Antipsychotics increase risk of diabetes among schizophrenics

People who suffer from schizophrenia are four to five times more likely to develop diabetes compared to the general population, and use of commonly prescribed antipsychotics to treat symptoms of the condition only exacerbate the situation, according to a new study conducted by researchers with King’s College London. For the study, the researchers set out to assess the risk for diabetes in schizophrenics before and after starting treatment with antipsychotics. They pulled data from the Danish Psychiatric Central Research Register, Danish National Prescription Registry, and the Danish National Patient Register to find cases of schizophrenia, antipsychotic prescriptions, and diabetes among ... Read More

Janssen wants fact sheets on plaintiffs suing over Risperdal side effects

Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals wants new plaintiffs in the Risperdal mass tort to include plaintiffs fact sheets detailing prescription records and documentation of gynecomastia diagnoses allegedly caused by the company’s antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Janssen claims that the information will help weed out any claims without merit, but those suing the drug company argue that the requirement would create a “pseudo-summary judgment” and kick out cases that deserve to be heard. Janssen first pushed for the fact sheets in January after a 39 percent surge in new cases in the mass tort during 2016. Recent court statistics show 1,945 ... Read More

Many children with ADHD treated with Risperdal despite risks

Nearly 12 percent of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are treated with an antipsychotic drug even though 25 percent of these children have no other psychiatric condition that warrants use of these medications, according to a study published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. “We don’t know why these children and youth with ADHD are on antipsychotics, but there is a risk associated with early antipsychotic exposure, so we need to know more about why they are being used so that the benefits can be weighed against the risks,” senior investigator Paul Kurdyak, MD, PhD, of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative ... Read More

Latest Risperdal side effects case settles before trial

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals agreed to settle a lawsuit with the family of a New York boy who claims he was disfigured by the companies’ antipsychotic Risperdal just days before the lawsuit was to go to trial. The lawsuit – one of 2,300 pending in Philadelphia – would have been the seventh to go to trial over Risperdal side effects in the past two years. Johnson & Johnson and Janssen have won one of the trials, settled two, and paid between $500,000 and $70 million in each of the other trials. The terms of the latest ... Read More