For the past few years, Johnson & Johnson and its affiliated company Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. have faced a lot of criticism because of their compost Risperdal (an antipsychotic medication). There are a lot of personal injury claims coming from a lot of people who are using Risperdal. It is said that this drug has huge side effects out of which the most common is gynecomastia (situation of breast growing among men and boys).
Also, there is evidence that Johnson & Johnsons knew of all the risks associated with the drug but still they marketed the product. That’s why they are under the pressure of paying huge fines and penalties.
What is Risperdal?
Risperdal, also known as risperidone is an antipsychotic drug which is used to treat various mental problems like schizophrenia, irritability, depression, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, etc. Also, there are various off-label uses of Risperdal that is used to treat various problems like:
- Mental depression
- Personality and behavioral disorders
- Untidy eating habits
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Side effects of Risperdal
It’s true that Risperdal helps to treat various mental and health problems but in reality, there are various other side effects attached to it which can cause numerous problems to the person consuming Risperdal. The major risks associated with the consumption of compost Risperdal are as follows:
- Weakness of vision
- Stiffness of muscles
- Dizziness and drowsiness
Along with the above-mentioned problems, there is one major problem associated with the Risperdal i.e. Gynecomastia (situation of growing breasts among men and boys). And also, this problem growing rapidly because of the excess usage of Risperdal by the people.
What are Risperdal Lawsuits?
Risperdal lawsuits are claims of the people who have suffered severe damages and are suffering because of the usage of Risperdal. In the past few years, lawsuits over the drug Risperdal causing gynecomastia in boys were filed against the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson because of their compost drug having numerous side effects. They were filed against the company by people who took Risperdal to treat dementia but started to see symptoms of gynecomastia.
How to file a personal injury lawsuit?
A person must prove that Johson & Johnson breached their duty. Only then will they be able to claim compensation. The following are the various issues which a person can raise against the company in order to get compensation for personal injury damages:
- Improper labeling
- Vague warning label
- Misleading warning label
- Marketing of product for an unapproved use
- Promotion of off-label use of the drug
- Actively hide and cover the dangerous indications of the drug
A person who has taken Risperdal drug and has faced side effects of it can claim for compensation by filing a lawsuit in a court. However, it must be proven that the improper labeling and unneeded marketing of the product have failed to warn the patient and doctor of such side effects. Along with this, a person must be aware of all its rights and must also investigate all the side effects of any drug before use.