J&J Gets $257 Million Risperdal Verdict Thrown Out in Louisiana


A Louisiana appeals court has thrown out a $257 million verdict which held Johnson & Johnson liable for deceptive practices in marketing its antipsychotic Risperdal by downplaying its links to diabetes, and claiming it was safer than competing antipsychotics.  The justices ruled that Louisiana could not produce evidence showing that J&J’s “misleading statements” actually resulted in doctors prescribing Risperdal even though competing drugs were “equally safe and less expensive.”

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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].


    • Over $23 million in payments to Louisiana doctors, and this had absolutely no influence on doctors’ prescribing habits? It’s sad, big Pharma and the psychiatric industries’ fraudulent and iatrogenic disorders, have resulted in the torture and deaths of millions. They should all be held accountable.

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      • In order to be held accountable , psychiatrists have to answer to someone, which they don’t.

        After WW2 after killing thousands of people many “doctors” got away with the killing because they answer to no one.

        The good doctors need to identify and punish the bad doctors.

        Open in another window http://www.dnai.org/e/

        1)Choose “In the third Reich” (bottom, near right)

        2)Choose “Epilogue” (top , right)

        3)Then advance one page. (near bottom, near left, “>” sign)

        4)Choose “They couldn’t see anything wrong” (left column)

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  1. This doesn’t surprise me one little bit. I lived in New Orleans for 18 years and will tell you that the politicians and judges of the state of Louisiana are some of the most corrupt that you’d ever want to see. One of the former governers of this state had to go to prison for a number of years.

    So, it doesn’t surprise me that J&J got off the hook there.

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