Risperdal (also known as the generic risperidone) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993, but the approval was only for the management of symptoms associated with schizophrenia in adults. The antipsychotic drug was later used for a number of unapproved off-label purposes and was marketed as being useful for treating the elderly and children. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, worked together to manufacture and market Risperdal. If you are considering a Risperdal lawsuit because you or a loved one have suffered side effects directly linked to the use of Risperdal, a defective pharmaceutical lawyer can help you with your claim.
Many psychiatric disorders are due to chemical imbalances in certain parts of the brain. Risperdal is a prescription drug designed to regulate neurotransmitters so that these chemicals can be brought back into balance. Specifically, Risperdal acts by blocking dopamine activity in the brain.
In 1993, the FDA originally approved Risperdal use for treating adult patients suffering from schizophrenia. The FDA did not approve the drug for use in children until many years later in 2006. However, during the time between Risperdal’s approval for use in adults and approval for use in children, the drug was marketed to doctors as being useful for a number of off-label uses for children.
Furthermore, in 2005, the FDA required that Risperdal carry a black-box warning on its label indicating that the drug, when given to elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis, places these patients at an increased risk of death.
Personal injury, mass tort and fraud lawsuits have been brought or are currently pending related to the side effects of taking Risperdal. These suits allege that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen manufactured and marketed a defective drug that could induce unsafe side effects, and did not sufficiently warn the public about the health risks associated with taking Risperdal. A successful Risperdal lawsuit can yield damages for losses, physical and psychological harm, medical expenses and more.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of this drug, contact a Risperdal attorney who can help you submit a claim within the statute of limitations and assist you in your pursuit for compensation.