Risperdal Maker Johnson and Johnson Settles Suit

On the first day of the trial over claims that Johnson and Johnson’s autism drug risperdal caused Aron Banks, a male, to grow breasts, a settlement was reached between the parties. Banks claimed he sustained psychological trauma from breast growth he experienced while taking the drug as a child from 2000 to 2004 when it wasn’t approved for children.

“The billions J&J made had a terrible human cost,” Bob Hilliard, one of Banks’s lawyers, said in an e-mailed statement. “This drug caused female breasts to grow on little boys around the country. Their childhoods were stolen, but billions were made.”

J&J’s marketing of Risperdal has also been the subject of government investigations and lawsuits.

In April, a judge in Arkansas ordered the drugmaker to pay $1.2 billion in fines over Risperdal marketing. That verdict came three months after J&J decided to end a trial in Texas over the drug’s sales with a $158 million settlement. The Texas case included claims that the company marketed the drug for children while lacking approval by regulators for such use.

In June 2011, a judge in South Carolina ordered J&J to pay $327 million in penalties for deceptively marketing the medicine. The company on Aug. 31 lost a bid to have a Louisiana appeals court throw out an award of almost $258 million that a jury ordered it to pay over Risperdal marketing in that state.

Why aren’t these companies really liable for anything they do? Do they think that they can just pay people off as a normal part of business? It is obvious that they don’t care about us, and that we are expendable resources in their quest for profits.

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