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Advocating for Victims Affected by Dangerous Drugs

Addressing harm from Risperdal and testosterone replacement gels

Among the most potentially dangerous consumer products on the market are prescription drugs, which are marketed to patients seeking relief from symptoms of debilitating illnesses. At Cunningham & Mears, our attorneys fight aggressively for clients who suffer harm from taking dangerous or defective drugs. Under products liability law, a drug manufacturer is strictly liable for injuries and other complications from a dangerous drug, even if the Food and Drug Administration has approved it. Our law firm has been actively investigating the harm caused by two drugs in particular: Risperdal and testosterone replacement gels. If you’ve used either of these products and have suffered undue negative effects, our lawyers are here to support you in your fight for full and fair compensation.

Improper promotion of Risperdal leads to harm for patients young and old

Risperdal is the marketing name for the drug risperidone, an anti-psychotic used to treat patients suffering from the effects of schizophrenia, mania, bipolar disorder and behavioral problems such as violence toward others and self-harming. The case of Risperdal seems to be one in which aggressive marketing of a useful drug turned it into a defective product.

The Food and Drug Administration had rejected efforts by the manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, to expand the drug’s use to elderly patients with dementia, yet the company pursued the geriatric market anyway. Recently the U.S. Department of Justice accused J&J of recklessness in marketing the drug for use by older adults, children and people with developmental disabilities. J&J agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fines to settle the case.

The attorneys at Cunningham & Mears are actively representing Oklahomans who may have been injured by J&J’s reckless marketing. Older adults with dementia who were given Risperdal and experienced the following effects may be entitled to compensation in an injury lawsuit:

  • Heart attack
  • Mini-strokes
  • Stroke
  • Pneumonia
  • Wrongful death

Young men and boys who take Risperdal can develop gynecomastia, or enlarged breasts, which can require surgery to remove the excess tissue. Johnson & Johnson has set aside funds to pay injury claims, but you must take action in order to obtain compensation.

Testosterone replacement therapy linked to heart attack and stroke

Several pharmaceutical companies have marketed a topical substance to treat low testosterone. They promise that by rubbing their gel under the arms, “low T” patients can recover their energy and sex drive. Yet low T medications such as Androderm, Androgel, Axiron, Fortesta and Testim have been linked to an increased risk for serious conditions and complications, including the following:

  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks
  • Blood clots

If you used a testosterone replacement gel and experienced any of these events, or any other harm, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you suffer.

Call an experienced prescription drug injury lawyer today

At Cunningham & Mears in Oklahoma City, our attorneys are dedicated to putting injured patients in a better position than when they first come to us. If you’ve been harmed by a defective prescription drug, we are determined to meet your needs. To learn more about our services, contact us online or call 405-757-1766 today and schedule a free initial consultation.