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Arkansas Jury Agrees J&J Hid Risks of Risperdal

Filed April 11th, 2012 Laurie

A jury on Tuesday determined that a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson downplayed and hid risks connected to the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office is looking to collect $1.2 billion for the 250,000 Risperdal prescriptions the state’s Medicare program paid for over the course of more than three years. On Wednesday, the penalty will be decided at a separate hearing before Circuit Judge Tim Fox – the same judge who presided over the trial.

The jury took three hours to arrive at their conclusion. They heard 12 days of testimony where they learned Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. had been looking at a $200 million crash in its revenues if issued alarming warnings that the drug could cause weight gain, diabetes and other health effects.

“Today, an Arkansas jury confirmed that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals lied to patients and doctors because they cared more about profits than people. I am grateful for the jury’s verdict and its decision to hold the defendants accountable for their actions,” McDaniel said in a news release after the verdict was announced.
Janssen and Johnson & Johnson are facing dozens of similar lawsuits in federal court and in other states. In this case, Janssen steadily maintained that it did nothing wrong.

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