Closing Arguments Begin in Arkansas Risperdal Trial

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Arkansas is asking for a minimum of $1.2 billion in fines for the 250,000 Risperdal prescriptions issued under its medicaid program. Fletch Trammel, lawyer for Arkansas, says that Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen lied about side effects of the drug. Defense attorneys say there is no evidence anyone was injured or that the state lost any money. Jury deliberations begin this afternoon.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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  1. Risperdal reproached.
    Same saga here as Eli Lilly Zyprexa.
    Johnson and Johnson is a trusted brand we associate with babies.
    Risperdal,Zyprexa,as well as the other atypical antipsychotics, are being prescribed for children, even though this is an unapproved, off-label use. An estimated 2.5 million children are now taking atypical antipsychotics. Over half are being given them for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,many of these foster children.
    Weight gain, increases in triglyceride levels and associated risks for (life-long) diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
    Eli Lilly made $65 BILLION on Zyprexa!

    Was called,”the most successful drug in the history of neuroscience”.
    *Tell the truth don’t be afraid*
    Daniel Haszard

  2. What a flimsy excuse the company used for not telling the truth to save their billions. Just becasue the FDA lets something be sold in this country doesn’t mean that it’s safe. The politicians in the FDA are in the pockets of the large drug companies. Many of them, after retiring from the FDA, go on to sit on the boards of these companies. Can we all say together “conflict of interest?” The doctors who sit on the FDA boards are the worst of this group since they look to the drug companies for their livelihood and well being. They are made quite wealthy by the monies that they take from these companies.

  3. I have been chronically sick from a ripserdal induced metabolic disturbance since June 2001 when I was prescribed 1/2 to 1 milligram of the drug as a daily dose. That is 11 years of being sick, an illness that comes from only because of super sensitive diabetes profile and family history that I possess. I have hyperglycemia and immune dysfunctions among other irregularities from the drug. Doctors that push the drugs that do not listen to their patients and addressing their concerns is one way I got sick. And the drug companies that only wish to profit with drugging down America itself. THe days of SOMA from Brave New World has arrived or at least an attempt to create such a Aldolous Huxley like world with all these antipsychotics and antidepressants. Some reform in drug companies, government agencies and the doctors that prescribe the drugs is needed to say the least.