Testimony at day two of the Philadelphia trial concerning a 17-year-old Texas boy who grew breasts after taking Risperdal from the age of five concerned Johnson & Johnson’s payments to doctors to speak about the drug, as well as gifts of golf trips and bags of “Risperdal Popcorn,” meant to induce doctors to recommend Risperdal for uses not approved in children at the time. “Janssen wanted Risperdal to be a $1 billion drug,” a former sales rep testified, referring to pressure on him to sell for unapproved uses.
Of further interest:
Risperdal Trial: Sales Rep Cites Pressure From Above (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Witness: J&J aimed Risperdal pitch at childrens’ doctors (Fierce Pharma)
If This Isn’t Racketeering… (1 Boring Old Man)
J%J Pushed Risperdal With Golf, Popcorn, Witness Says