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$124M Settlement Reached in Risperdal Case


This is a settlement for the Risperdal lawsuit.

Santa Clara, CA: A $124 million settlement has been reached ending nine years of litigation against Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The company has agreed to pay the settlement to end allegations it illegally promoted the anti-psychotic prescription drug Risperdal for unapproved or "off-label"uses.

The charges were brought by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson. In February he announced that Ortho-McNeil-Janssen will pay $124,324,700 in satisfaction of the settlement to South Carolina.

According to the lawsuit, Ortho-McNeil-Janssen employed aggressive marketing techniques to persuade doctors to prescribe the drug to their patients, including children with disabilities and elderly dementia patients. The company sent more than 7,000 letters to doctors, allegedly overstating the efficacy of Ridperdal without FDA approval.

Risperdal (generic name Risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic that works by changing the activity of certain natural substances in the brain. Developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Risperdal was approved by the FDA in 1993 for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. Risperdal side effects include Risperdal gynecomastia (male breast growth), tardive dyskinesia, high blood sugar and diabetes, stroke, heart attack and even death. As of September 2012 more than 420 Risperdal lawsuits had been filed, 130 of which are Risperdal gynecomastia claims.

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Published on Mar-14-16


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