Pa. Court Hears Arguments in Dismissed Risperdal Case


A lawyer for Pennsylvania urged seven justices of the Pa. Commonwealth Court yesterday to allow the state’s case against Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen to proceed, saying that a judge had “wrongfully taken the case away from the jury” in 2010. Among the evidence presented was a 1999 letter from the FDA to Janssen stating “The materials and promotional messages Janssen has disseminated contain false and/or misleading information about the safety and effectiveness of Risperdal.” One month ago, a judge awarded $1.1 billion in damages to Arkansas for a similar case, argued by the same lawyers.

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Kermit Cole
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].