Ross Feller Casey, LLP, a leading personal injury law firm in Philadelphia with a national reputation for winning record results, is actively litigating nearly 200 lawsuits on behalf of boys and young men who have developed painful, enlarged breasts after using Risperdal.
Scientific studies have shown -- and the FDA has warned -- that boys and young men who have taken the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal have increasing levels of the hormone Prolactin, which stimulates breast growth and milk production or "lactation." Known medically as gynecomastia, the condition is irreversible, embarrassing and a source of major psychological trauma.
Ross Feller Casey has three Ivy League trained physicians right on staff, two of whom are also lawyers. This ideally positions the firm to successfully litigate pharmaceutical drug cases, such as Risperdal lawsuits.
Known Risperdal side effects and symptoms
- Asymmetrical breast enlargement
- Tardive dyskinesia, or involuntary, repetitive body movements
- Swollen nipples
- Nipple discharge
- Breast tenderness
- Redness or discoloration around the nipple
Risperdal (Risperidone) is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. It was first approved by the FDA in 1994 to treat schizophrenia.
In a November 2013 agreement with the federal government, Johnson & Johnson announced it will pay $2.2 billion to settle civil and criminal allegations involving its marketing of prescription drugs, including Risperdal, for unapproved "off-label" uses.
Attorney Brian J. McCormick, Jr., now of Ross Feller Casey, assisted the federal government in this landmark case, which was prompted by allegations of wrongdoing from a whistleblower he helped to represent.
McCormick was recently appointed to serve on the national Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the Risperdal and Invega Product Liability Cases presently before the Superior Court of California. In that leadership role, he will help shape the plaintiffs' cases as the litigation progresses.
The number of separate civil cases brought by individuals injured by the drug continues to grow.
In all, there are more than 1,200 Risperal lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen pending in a consolidated litigation in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. They allege, among other things, that the drug caused gynecomastia and other serious medical conditions and that the manufacturer never warned consumers about the risks.
Men or boys who developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and damages that include pain, suffering, disfigurement, and emotional distress.
If you or a loved one has been injured after taking Risperdal, you should contact the experienced Risperdal attorneys at Ross Feller Casey immediately for a free case evaluation.