Arkansas AG Seeks to Reinstate $1.2B Risperdal Verdict


Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced yesterday he will ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to toss out the $q.2 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson over its marketing of Risperdal. The court sided with J&J last month in deciding that Arkansas had misapplied its Medicaid fraud law in claiming that J&J’s failure to communicate the drug’s risks, and its off-label marketing of the drug, constitute fraud.  McDaniel is asking for an analysis of the law by the Arkansas Code Revisions Commission, saying “It’s obviously of great concern to us and it’s of great concern to the Legislature and to the code revision commission that the Supreme Court has taken this unprecedented approach to analyzing the case.”

Arkansas attorney general to ask Supreme Court to reconsider its tossing of $1.2B drug fine (The Republic)

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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. What’s adorable about Risperdal is how it’s marketed. What child can resist free legos? J&J puts legos stamped with the word RISPERDAL in pediatricians offices!

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    Drug giants spend billions a year promoting their pills to children, ignoring FDA rules. Johnson & Johnson even advertises its latest anti-psychotic on Legos, ignoring evidence that the drug leads to diabetes and wild weight gain and sprouts breast in boths boys and girls.

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