J&J's Marketing Of Risperdal For Children Slammed In Trial

Law360, Philadelphia (October 15, 2015, 6:32 PM EDT) -- Trial in a third case over abnormal breast growth allegedly caused by a Johnson & Johnson unit’s antipsychotic drug got underway on Thursday as a Philadelphia jury heard arguments that the pharmaceutical giant had worked to peddle the medication to pediatric doctors despite a lack of approval from federal regulators.

Kline & Specter PC attorney Tom Kline told the jury that improper marketing by Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. had led a pediatric neurologist to prescribe Risperdal to an 11-year-old boy to treat symptoms of Tourette dyndrome without a proper understanding of the risks of breast growth associated with the drug.

“Risperdal [is]...

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