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Risperdal linked to weight gain, insulin resistance in youths

Children with severe mental disorders who are treated with antipsychotics including Rispedal are at an increased risk of gaining a significant amount of weight in the belly and becoming resistant to insulin, conditions that contribute to early-onset type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other illnesses associated with premature morbidity and death, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Antipsychotics are used to treat adults and children with schizophrenia and other conditions including bipolar disorder and irritability with autism. But they are commonly used off-label to treat nonpsychotic disruptive behaviors, like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), in children and adolescents. ... Read More

Risperdal case sent back to determine if punitive damages are warranted

The Pennsylvania Superior Court sent a case involving Risperdal side effects back to trial court to decide whether a new trial on punitive damages is warranted. The case was the third bellwether to go to trial from a mass tort program in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas alleging Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn that its antipsychotic Risperdal could cause adolescent boys to grow female-like breast tissue. The case is that of Nicholas Murray, a Maryland resident, who claimed he took Risperdal for five years as an adolescent, during which time he developed ... Read More

PA judges consider appeal on Risperdal statute of limitations

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to deny an appeal on a recent decision to roll back the clock on when claims of abnormal beast growth in adolescent boys allegedly caused by the antipsychotic Risperdal began to expire. The justices are considering whether to hear an appeal of a ruling by the state’s Supreme Court that puts in jeopardy hundreds of lawsuits among the more than 6,600 currently pending in a mass tort program in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. In November, the court ruled that plaintiffs should have known their breast growth was caused ... Read More

Court asked to lift cap on Risperdal damages

Plaintiff Nicholas Murray was caught on the wrong side of two different state laws, which greatly reduced the monetary award he was awarded by a jury for suffering a disfiguring side effect from Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals antipsychotic medication Risperdal, the man’s attorneys argued to a Pennsylvania appeals court. In November 2015, Murray was won a $1.75 million verdict after a jury found that Risperdal caused Murry, as a boy, to develop female-like breasts. That award was later reduced after a judge found the case was bound by Maryland law, which limited economic damages to no more than $680,000. ... Read More

Risperdal lawsuits increase in first half of 2017

Lawsuits alleging the antipsychotic Risperdal causes disfiguring side effects are not only the largest mass tort program in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The litigation has nearly tripled in numbers from about 2,000 cases at the beginning of 2017 to more than 5,500 as of June, according to Law.com. Statistics from the court show that Risperdal lawsuits increased from being 31.4 percent of the Complete Litigation Center’s inventory in January to more than half as of June 14 – a whopping 185 percent increase. The caseload jumped from 1,945 in January to 5,548 – an increase of 3,617 cases. ... Read More

Antipsychotic elevates prolactin hormone

The safety label for the antipsychotic medication Invega Sustenna has been updated to include additional information regarding the risk of hyperprolactinemia, a condition of elevated serum prolactin, the hormone that triggers breast growth and lactation during pregnancy. The update includes information from two long-term clinical studies with Invega Sustenna – one in patients with schizophrenia and the other in patients with schizoaffective disorder. Patients with schizophrenia on long-term maintenance with Invega Sustenna were found to have higher levels of prolactin compared to patients treated with a placebo. Slightly more than half of men treated with the drug had elevated prolactin ... Read More

Former Risperdal user talks about mastectomy

For a week after Eddie from Oklahoma had a mastectomy to remove his female-like breasts, there were two drain tubes coming out of his body. The pain was awful, and “it took me six years to get feeling back in my chest,” he told Risperdal Boys, a photo essay of young men who developed the condition gynecomastia after taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Years ago, Eddie started taking Risperdal, a drug indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability with autism. Within months, he gained a lot of weight. His doctor eventually diagnosed him with gynecomastia. It wasn’t ... Read More

Risperdal victim shares his painful story

Arturo tried covering up his large female-like breasts with cardboard or tape. “But I couldn’t breathe,” he said. He even tried dieting, but “the more weight I lose, the more disfigured I become.” Arturo is one of 18,000 young men who are suing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals claiming the companies’ antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused them to grow breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. His photos and story were featured in a photo essay by Richard Johnson called Risperdal Boys. Having gynecomastia has been emotionally and physically painful for Arturo. “The kids are cruel in school, and that’s ... Read More

Risperdal Boys project shows victims’ suffering

“This is a story that needs to be seen to be adequately understood,” photographer Richard Johnson told PetaPixel. He spent six days, visited 10 cities, and covered more than 4,000 miles to shed light on the devastating side effect that can affect adolescent boys, a side effect caused by the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The condition, known as gynecomastia, causes boys and young men to grow female-like breasts. Not only is gynecomastia emotionally painful, it can be physically painful as well, causing tenderness and even lactation. Treatment often involves liposuction and a mastectomy. More than 18,000 boys and their families have filed ... Read More

FDA cautions consumers about so-called autism cures

There is no cure for autism, and products or treatments that claim to “cure” autism do not work as claimed and may even cause harm, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cautioning consumers. The effort is part of a larger crackdown on companies that peddle products touted as a cure for autism or autism-related symptoms. Autism affects about 1 in 68 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) describe children with autism as having difficulties with social interaction, displaying problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, exhibiting repetitive behaviors, and ... Read More