New research suggests that the use of Risperdal and other popular antipsychotic drugs among elderly dementia patients may be even more dangerous than previously believed, with researchers indicating that the risk of death may increase significantly in the months after treatment is begun. If your loved one took Risperdal as a treatment for a psychiatric disorder like schizophrenia, and he or she has since suffered serious injuries or death, consult a reputable Risperdal lawyer to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a Risperdal lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, in order to pursue financial compensation for your loved one’s injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
A Philadelphia jury ruled late last month that Risperdal maker Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals subsidiary should pay $2.5 million to a 20-year-old man from Alabama who developed size 46 DD breasts while taking the atypical antipsychotic drug as a teenager. This was the first Risperdal breast growth case to go to a jury, but thousands more cases are pending in courts in Philadelphia, Missouri, California, and other areas, involving gynecomastia (male breast growth) injuries from Risperdal. If you believe you or a loved one has been harmed by side effects of Risperdal, such as male breast growth, contact an experienced Risperdal attorney today to discuss the possibility of filing a product liability claim against Johnson & Johnson.
According to the findings of new government report, the widespread overuse of powerful antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal, Seroquel and Zyprexa continues to be a problem across the United States, especially among elderly dementia patients for whom antipsychotics may increase the risk of death. The report, released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on March 2, calls on the government to expand efforts to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs among elderly residents of U.S. nursing homes. If you believe a loved one has been adversely affected by side effects of Risperdal, such as heart attack, stroke or death, consult a reputable Risperdal attorney today to discuss your legal options.