Should You Join A Risperdal Class Action Lawsuit?
Written by Stephen Fields on November 18, 2014
Approved by the FDA in 1994, Johnson & Johnson’s atypical antipsychotic drug Risperdal is prescribed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses. In 2006, the drug was approved for children. But studies show that its use might not be without risks. Some boys claim to have developed Risperdal Gynecomastia, or male breast growth. Their families are now suing the drug-maker, alleging it failed to adequately inform them of the dangers.
Hundreds of potential claims are being reviewed by Risperdal product liability attorneys. Many of them involve young men who have been diagnosed with gynecomastia, a condition marked by abnormal growth of breast tissue. Some of the victims have yet to reach their teenage years.
As the number of claims rises, many families are calling for a Risperdal class action lawsuit to be established for the victims. But claimants and their families are likely to see better results by filing individual lawsuits for compensation.
J&J’s Deceptive Marketing Set The Stage For Risperdal Injuries
In 2012, it was revealed that J&J gave doctors millions of dollars in kickbacks to prescribe Risperdal. A Department of Justice investigation later revealed that the company promoted the drug for uses not approved by the FDA, such as ADHD. It is unsurprising given J&J’s aggressive (and illegal) marketing tactics that use of Risperdal has risen dramatically in recent years, particularly among young people.
Several Risperdal side effects may be associated with the use of J&J’s antipsychotic, including significant weight gain and the onset of type 2 diabetes. Another potential consequence, seen in a growing number of young men and boys, is gynecomastia.
Several studies, including one published in 2006 by the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology1 have shown that use of Risperdal may raise the level of the hormone prolactin. Elevated levels of prolactin in men are associated with abnormal breast development and nipple discharge.
Johnson & Johnson’s deceptive marketing – e.g. giving kickbacks to doctors and promoting the use of Risperdal for conditions like ADHD – has resulted in widespread use among male adolescents. More young men than ever are may be exposed to life-altering conditions, such as gynecomastia.
Risperdal Class Action Vs. Joining A Mass Tort
A class action lawsuit is filed on behalf of a large number of victims suffering the same type of injury. The victims become members of the class, and are represented by the attorney hired by the class representative. The class representative is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. All of the class members’ claims are litigated as a single claim.
One of the downsides to a class action drug injury lawsuit is that compensation is typically split equally among the victims, regardless of their individual circumstances. In addition, if the lead plaintiff’s attorney is unsuccessful in obtaining a settlement or favorable verdict, the class members’ claims are essentially lost as well.
Another option is a mass tort, sometimes referred to as multidistrict litigation (MDL). It is similar to a class action, though there are notable differences. Mass tort claims are consolidated, usually under a single judge, for pretrial proceedings. But the claims are litigated separately. As a result, when compensation is awarded to the victim, it more accurately reflects the merits of the victim’s case.
A class action is ill-suited for individuals seeking a Risperdal lawsuit settlement that provides fair compensation for their condition. Filing an individual claim, one that focuses on the individual’s experience with the drug, is a better solution.
Seeking Compensation By Filing A Risperdal Lawsuit
If you or your son used Risperdal and are now suffering from gynecomastia or other serious side effects, you deserve to be compensated. Call our Risperdal lawsuit attorneys at 1-888-210-9968 to discuss your case. The consultation and advice are free, and there is no obligation to hire our lawyers if you decide to file a lawsuit.
There is limited time to file a claim. Contact our offices at your earliest convenience to speak with our Risperdal attorneys about receiving the compensation you deserve.