The state of Montana has settled a lawsuit for $5.9 million against Janssen Ortho LLC and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. over the company's deceptive marketing of antipsychotic drug Risperdal.
Montana sued the company in 2008, alleging, along with many other states, that Janssen used unfair and deceptive marketing efforts to promote Risperdal as safe and effective for a variety of unapproved conditions and failed to warn the public of potential hazards.
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced the settlement today, and said the bulk of the money will go to existing mental and public health programs, consumer protection education efforts and to create a new prescription drug abuse prevention program.
The settlement, Fox said, "is not only significant in terms of the amount of money Montana will receive, but also in that it protects our citizens from being prescribed Risperdal based on the types of false statements Janssen previously made to our healthcare providers."
Ross Feller Casey, a leading Philadelphia personal injury law firm, is evaluating potential lawsuits nationwide on behalf of boys and young men who have developed enlarged breasts (gynecomastia) after using Risperdal.
If you or a loved one has been injured after taking Risperdal, you should immediately contact one of Ross Feller Casey's gynecomastia lawyers in Philadelphia who will help determine free of charge if you have a Risperdal lawsuit.