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Young man files Risperdal lawsuit after growing female breasts


Shaquil Byrd’s childhood was difficult enough, with a mental condition that required antipsychotic medication. At age 10, things got increasingly worse when he grew female breasts. He dealt with constant teasing from his classmates. “I was going to war to protect myself from the things people would say to me,” he said. His mother, Eugenia Jordan, says her son’s tender and lactating breasts robbed him of a normal childhood. “He did a lot of crying. He was very uncomfortable around other people,” she said. When she and Shaquil, now 22, learned that his condition, called gynecomastia, was possibly caused by ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson reaps profits from allegedly dangerous drugs


Johnson & Johnson is swimming in profits. The company announced its 2016 second quarter results that shows sales of $18.5 billion, an increase of 3.9 percent over 2015 second quarter. “We continue to see good momentum through the first half of 2016, delivering solid results in the second quarter, supported by strong underlying growth across our enterprise,” said Alex Gorsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We saw notable strength in our Pharmaceuticals business due to the continued success of new products, and also achieved significant clinical milestones, advancing our robust pipeline.” Johnson & Johnson increased its sales guidance for the ... Read More

Antipsychotic dosing can be checked by measuring prolactin levels


Measuring levels of the hormone prolactin in older schizophrenic patients taking certain antipsychotics is an effective way to monitor for toxicity, according to a team of researchers with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto. If prolactin levels are too high, the dose is too high, they concluded. The research involved 42 clinically stable outpatients with schizophrenia with a mean age of 60 who were taking either olanzapine (sold under multiple brand names) or risperidone (known commercially as Risperdal). The participants underwent PET (positron-emissions tomography) scans to measure dopamine D2/3 receptor occupancy before and after ... Read More

Children may have long lasting side effects from Risperdal, other antipsychotic drugs


Medicating children with antipsychotic medication for behavior problems could have a significant lifelong implications on their levels of hyperactivity, depression and anxiety, a new study has found. Treating children with antipsychotics can be a difficult balancing act when it comes to treating symptoms of severe psychosis, such as schizophrenia, but antipsychotic side effects can sometimes outweigh the benefits. Researchers with the University of Wollongong published the initial results of the first comprehensive study investigating the long-term effects of three commonly prescribed antipsychotics – risperidone (Risperdal), olanzapine (Zyprexa) and aripiprasole (Abilify) – on children. Treating children with these powerful drugs is a ... Read More

Record-setting $70 million Risperdal side effects verdict a win for ‘the little guy’


The $70 million a Philadelphia jury awarded a young Tennessee man allegedly disfigured by the antipsychotic drug Risperdal was not only unprecedented, ringing in 28 times higher than the highest jury verdict previously decided in similar lawsuits involving the drug, it serves as proof that sometimes the little guy wins, said the father of the plaintiff. “We are glad that Andrew’s suffering now stands for something,” Plaintiff Andrew Yount’s father, Terry Yount, told the Pennsylvania Record. “We hope this verdict gives hope to the thousands of other boys who were disfigured by Risperdal that they will get justice too. We’re ... Read More

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster Remains Closed After Woman Thrown From Ride

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A popular Gatlinburg, Tenn., attraction that allows visitors to coast through the woods of the Smoky Mountains was shut down over the busy Fourth of July weekend after a woman was thrown from the ride and seriously injured. According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, a woman riding the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster in the front seat of a double-seat coaster cart was thrown from the slide on July 3. She sustained head trauma, broken ribs, multiple fractures to both wrists and a knee. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment. A state-certified third-party inspector was called ... Read More

Janssen files motion to send Invokana lawsuits to courts outside PA


Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals is looking to send Invokana lawsuits piling up in Philadelphia to other courts, starting with a forum non conveniens motion seeking to have plaintiff Joyce Jeffries’ case transferred from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to the plaintiff’s former home state of Tennessee. Jeffries, like dozens of others, have filed lawsuits alleging Janssen did not adequately warn of Invokana side effects including kidney failure and ketoacidosis, a buildup of acid in the blood. Invokana, known chemically as canagliflozin, is in a class of type 2 diabetes medications known as SGLT2 inhibitors. Jeffries’ lawsuit alleges ... Read More

OSHA’s Heat Illness Safety Campaign Focuses On Southern States

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In 2014, 2,630 U.S. workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and other heat-related related causes on the job. With 2016 set to be even hotter across much of the nation than 2014, federal safety regulators are holding heat illness awareness and training events across the Southeastern states. From June 27 to July 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) worked with employers and trade associations to conduct a one-hour “Safety Stand-Down” at construction sites and other workplaces in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. During these Safety Stand Downs, workers ... Read More

Feds Order Tennessee Truck Driver Off The Road After Deadly Crash


Federal traffic safety regulators have ordered a Tennessee commercial truck driver to cease driving after an investigation of a fatal crash in Maine turned up multiple safety violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) deemed driver Randall Weddle an imminent hazard to public safety – a measure the agency takes when it believes a driver is too dangerous to allow behind the wheel of a large truck. The order for him to cease operating was issued on June 22. According to the FMCSA, Mr. Weddle was driving a tractor trailer for Tennessee-based R&E Logistics Inc. on March 18. While ... Read More

Family claims antipsychotic Risperdal caused their son to grow breasts


A Tennessee family is suing pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals alleging the companies’ antipsychotic Risperidal caused their adolescent son to grow female breasts. Risperdal is approved by the FDA to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability with autism. It is often prescribed off-label to treat other conditions including ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome. In 2006, the indication was expanded to include pediatric patients. Andrew Yount of Morristown, Tenn., was prescribed Risperdal in 2003 at the age of 5 to manage his severe psychiatric behavior – three years before it was approved for children. In 2004, ... Read More