Arkansas AG Petitions Supreme Court Decision Favoring J&J


Saying that the Arkansas supreme court had departed from 170 years of precedent by deciding in favor of Johnson & Johnson on grounds not raised in any of the case filings, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking the court to reconsider its decision to toss out a $1.2 billion judgment over the marketing of the antipsychotic Risperdal.

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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. Child’s Ordeal Shows Risks of Psychosis Drugs for Young

    “Even the most reluctant prescribers encounter a marketing juggernaut that has made antipsychotics the nation’s top-selling class of drugs by revenue, $14.6 billion last year, with prominent promotions aimed at treating children. In the waiting room of Kyle’s original child psychiatrist, children played with Legos stamped with the word Risperdal, made by Johnson & Johnson. It has since lost its patent on the drug and stopped handing out the toys.

    Greg Panico, a company spokesman, said the Legos were not intended for children to play with — only as a promotional item.

    The Legos were not intended for children to play with ???? .

    Media Contacts:
    Greg Panico
    Janssen Global Services, LLC
    609-730-3061 (office)

    908-240-2011 – Cell

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  2. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) officials knew the antipsychotic drug Risperdal could cause boys to grow female breasts and hid those risks from doctors and patients, a lawyer for a Texas teen-ager suing the company told a jury.

    J&J executives knew Risperdal could cause increased hormone levels that prompted female breast development in males and trained salespeople to downplay or hide that fact in marketing calls on doctors, Bob Hilliard, a lawyer for Andrew Bentley, told a state-court jury in Philadelphia in the first case over the claims to go to trial.

    “A drug that was never meant for kids was illegally marketed to kids,” Hilliard said in opening statements today. “Johnson & Johnson knew about this side effect, did not warn about it and actually covered up evidence about it.”

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  3. The amazing thing is that the AG for Arkansas is actually pursuing this at all. It didn’t surprise me that the Arkansas Supreme Court made this decision. Arkansas is having troulble with judges selling themselves to the highest bidder; not every judge but some where even one is one too many. However, I have the feeling that it’s going to go nowhere since the actual Supreme Court is going to have to decide to reverse themselves and I don’t think they’re going to do so. I admire him for trying since that’s more than anyone else has done in this case.

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