Risperdal Whistle-Blower Honored in Texas, Fired in Pennsylvania


Allen Jones, the whistle blower whose testimony resulted in a $158 million settlement by Johnson & Johnson for fraudulent marketing of Risperdal in Texas, was named whistle-blower of the year in that state. But, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, the same information resulted in Jones being fired by the State of Pennsylvania, and then rebuffed again when he attempted to bring the same information to light years later. Jones was warned to “quit swimming against the current in the pharmaceutical case,” according to the paper.

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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. This is disturbing. He was fired by the state, not by any company that may have ties to the pharmaceutical industry. It is safe to say that Big Pharma has corrupted our whole government and even these lawsuits are surely nothing but a fake illusion of justice to try to quiet the people. For every few billion dollars they lose to fines, they made at least 50 billion more from the crimes. Biased drug studies, bribed researchers, false advertising, pseudoscientific propaganda, and out government is on their side. All the while millions of people are taking truly brain damaging drugs with serious long term consequences and even forcing millions of kids to have to take them as well.

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