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Risperdal is a powerful antipsychotic drug, originally designed to treat people with schizophrenia.  But the drug was marketed and often prescribed to children for “behavioral disorders.”

In November, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay the Federal Government over $2.2 Billion to settle civil and criminal charges regarding its marketing of Risperdal to children and others which was not approved by the FDA.  Johnson & Johnson had previously settled similar claims prosecuted by individual state governments for hundreds of millions of dollars.  Johnson & Johnson’s off-label marketing and subsequent settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice has brought new attention to Johnson & Johnson’s profit tactics and sale of Risperdal specifically..

Risperdal has been linked to a condition in boys and men called Gynecomastia, which causes excessive breast growth.  The combination of this devastating side-effect and Johnson & Johnson’s illegal marketing scheme forms a firm basis for legal claims against Johnson & Johnson.

Given the widening knowledge of harmful effects and increasing warnings regarding this drug’s use, the time may be running out to file Risperdal lawsuits.  If you or someone in your family suffered from male breast growth, or Gynecomastia, in association with taking Risperdal, contact an attorney immediately to see if you have a claim.