J&J CEO Avoids Testimony in Philadelphia Risperdal Case


Chief executive Alex Gorsky was once proud enough of Risperdal to put its sales numbers on his resume, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer today, but Johnson & Johnson settled a case with a man who blamed the drug for causing him to grow breasts rather than risk Gorsky being forced to testify in person. The article does provide the link to a transcript of Gorsky’s deposition.

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J&J Settles Risperdal Lawsuit on Opening Day of Trial
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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].


  1. I have to say that I am saddened by how most people consider gynocomastia (male breasts) to be amongst the worst, if not the worst, “side effect” of neuroleptic drugs. I hardly ever hear people from the “norm” side of life get all upset over tardive dyskenisia, or what they call “tics”, or akathisia, that they call “anxiety”, but a teenage boy grows a pair of breasts? It’s an outrage. It in some ways allowed the CCHR to put up a stronghold in Florida because so many residents there were practically up in arms over it.

    If I could choose because even the mildest case of tardive dyskenisia or even a temporary case of akathisia and a life time of male breasts, oh please, give me the breasts. At least the breasts wont torture you 24/7 for the rest of your life. At least male breasts are not a result of irreversible brain damage.

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