Derek’s 19-year-old son is a “high functioning autistic non-verbal” and attends a private school that supports autism. And he suffers with bi-polar disorder. Of course Derek (not his real name) is thankful that his son has never been bullied at school, unlike Adam Yount, whose lawsuit resulted in the verdict of $70 million. Adam’s father testified that the boy was teased at school and at his workplace. Janssen, the Risperdal maker, is appealing, arguing that evidence of teasing did not warrant such an outrageous amount in damages. But if Derek’s son was bullied and teased, would his complaint get fast-tracked and result in a Risperdal lawsuit?
“My son has been on Risperdal for five years. I recently noticed changes in his nipples and the surrounding area is puffy,” says Derek. “He has become sensitive to fabric and doesn’t want to wear shirts, only soft cotton t-shirts. And he is constantly rubbing that area.” Derek adds that his son’s blood pressure has often “gone through the roof” and his dosage of Clonidine has also gone up. “He also takes meds for anxiety and depression,” says Derek. “I am trying to get our doctor to examine his breasts but the clinic called to change his Risperdal prescription. My insurance won’t allow us to see another doctor.”
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Risperdal Statute of Limitations
Derek is also concerned about the statute of limitations. Last year a Philadelphia judge ruled that patients prescribed Risperdal after June 2009 should have known the risks of gynecomastia as warned on the updated label. Janssen Pharmaceuticals is hopeful that this time frame will stand in court. If so, patients who took Risperdal after 2009 would have two years to file a claim against Johnson & Johnson (Janssen is a subsidiary) before the statute of limitations expired. Derek’s son started taking the med in 2011.
But Derek is still hopeful that he can file a Risperdal claim sooner than later, and join thousands of cases currently pending against Johnson & Johnson.