Risperdal (risperidone) is an antipsychotic medication approved by the FDA to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism. However, in 2012, the drugs producer, Johnson & Johnson was fined $2.2 billion for illegal marketing of the drug. In August of that same year, the company also agreed to pay &181 million to settle claims that it had promoted Risperdal for off-label uses, including dementia, anger management and anxiety.
These unapproved uses of the drug have caused some users to experience serious side effects, including:
- High Blood Pressure (Hyperglycemia)
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Pituitary Tumors
- Tardive Dyskinesia (Involuntary Movement)
- Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
- Heart Attacks
- Suicide or Suicidal Thoughts
- Bone Loss (Demineralization)
- Death (In elderly dementia patients)
If you or a loved one has experienced any of these serious side effects or complications after using Risperdal, we can help you seek the compensation you deserve. At Chenkin Law Firm, we are investigating claims that Johnson & Johnson, and specifically the Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit, concealed serious risks when marketing Risperdal. And with your help, we can hold this large pharmaceutical company accountable for its actions.
To learn more and schedule a free consultation, contact our offices today at (800) 721-7472.