Defective Products

Risperdal : Uses and Side Effects

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Defective Products | 0 comments

Risperdal, known by its generic name Risperidone, is used for the treatment of certain mental/mood disorders (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, irritability associated with autistic disorder). Risperidone belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. Its effectiveness lies on restoring balance on certain natural substances in the brain. It can also be combined with other medication for treating depression.

Risperdal can be taken orally with or without food as prescribed by your doctor once or twice a day. In liquid form, it comes with a special measuring device for carefully measuring dosage. A household spoon is not advisable as you may not get the right amount of dosage. It can be mixed with small amounts of other liquids such as water, coffee, orange, juice, or low-fat milk.

Dosage is based on age, medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications being taken. Make sure to tell the doctor or pharmacist regarding other products you are using. You may be instructed to start at a low dosage and slowly increasing it. The important thing is to follow the instructions of your doctor.

Risperdal is known for various side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, drooling, weight gain, or tiredness. Inform your doctor if any of these effects persist.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has advertised it for unapproved uses which could result to serious side effects. The US Food & Drug Administration has issued several warnings related to the drug. Although approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability in people with autism, it was also wrongly advertised for unapproved use which resulted to side effects.

Gynecomastia is one serious side effect, a condition characterized by breast enlargement in boys. For this reason, the victims can suffer from severe psychological trauma. In women, Risperdal reportedly increases prolactin levels. Prolactin stimulates breast development in women and so boys with increased prolactin levels may develop male breasts.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, for the failure to inform patients about such side effects, the manufacturer of Risperdal Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen unit is now facing at least 130 lawsuits related to Risperdal use. One of the plaintiffs is a boy who allegedly used the drug between 9 to 14 years old. He required surgery to remove the breast tissues.

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An Overview of Defective Medical Products

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Defective Products | 0 comments

Medical devices are supposed to save or extend the lives of patients. While they have revolutionized health care, there has been an influx of defective medical products which have resulted to disastrous consequences and numerous product liability claims. Instead of helping the patient, it ended up bringing pain and suffering and not to mention deaths to some of the patients. What makes matters worse is that most of the manufacturers cover up instead of recall the said products.

Statistics have revealed the worrying state of the medical products industry which makes it even more important to hold manufacturers responsible for their failure to care for the well-being of their patients. In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration has recalled 63 high risk devices, an alarming 350% increased from 2008. Here we will look at some of the dangerous medical products that has made life more difficult for its users instead of easier.

Metal Hip and Knee Replacements

Implants are designed to replace the ball and socket joints of the hip. They generally consist of an artificial ball that fits inside a cup. Metal hip replacements are supposed to be more durable than the ceramic and plastic ones. However, most of the patients revealed that the implants have flawed designs that caused them to fail after only a few years. Aside from that, the implants also allegedly released toxic metals into the body forcing the patients to undergo a painful and costly second surgery to replace the flawed implants.


Risperdal is more popularly known by the name of its active ingredient risperidone, an anti-pyschotic disorder designed for treating symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, doctors have unfortunately prescribed the medication for unapproved uses. As a result, they have experienced serious side effects including gynecomastia, characterized by breast enlargement in males. The FDA has issued various warnings associated with the drugs but the manufacturers promoted it for its unapproved use.

IVC Blood Clot Filters

IVC filters are designed for patients who are at risk of developing blood clots due to trauma resulting from an accident or other medical events. They are surgically inserted at the inferior vena cava and are designed to catch blood clots before they reach the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism. However, Bard G2 IVC lawsuit attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. reported that some IVC filters caused punctured tissues and organs. The first IVC device caused 27 deaths and hundreds of non-fatal complications.

Power Morcellators

Power morcellators are designed to remove uterine fibroids and perform hysterectomies. It works by chopping off large chunks of tissues and removing them through a small abdominal incision. While it helps reduce recovery time, power morcellators have also been linked to the spread of uterine cancer. The FDA has issued warnings about these devices in 2014.

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