“Janssen Accused of Withholding Data on Risperdal Side Effect in Autism”

Justin Karter
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MedPageToday reports that Janssen Pharmaceuticals omitted data from a 2003 study that connected Risperdal with serious side effects. Earlier this year, a man with autism was awarded $2.5 million after growing breasts while on Risperdal.  According to MedPage, documents from this latest case reveal missing data tables from a 2003 study “designed to ferret out potential adverse effects of long-term risperidone use.”  The missing tables were related to elevated prolactin levels and side effects, including gynecomastia in men.

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  1. Btw, why is Risperdal used to “treat” autism in the first place? Like it does anything else than lobotomising people and further impairing their social skills – the one problem that most people thrown into the “autism” basket tend to have in common.

    • Supposed to reduce their aggressive outbursts that occur when their hypersensitivities to various issues come into play. Many times, they don’t understand what is happening and as a result, don’t know how to express their frustrations. Instead, it is deemed as needing an antipsychotic. (A big fat sigh.)

    • It reportedly “reduces aggression,” most likely because the recipient is unable to generate sufficient intention to move his/her fist toward someone’s face. They do this with kids all the time, too. There really is no “diagnosis”, the kid is just obnoxious and they want to keep them from acting up. To call it practicing “medicine” is a total farce. It’s social control, plain and unvarnished.

      —- Steve

  2. Steve,

    I know we have discussed this before but autism when it is diagnosed correctly which is a big fat if, is definitely a legitimate diagnosis. Unfortunately, because professionals try to “beat the autism out of them” for lack of a better phrase, their answer is a an antipsychotic.

    Instead of teaching them how to cope with their hypersensitivities for example to loud noises, bright colors, etc., and other ways to adapt to their issues, they simply throw drugs at the problem in attempt to normalize their neurology. That works as well as trying to turn a cat into a dog.

    • I am not arguing with you. I’m saying they do it to kids who are NOT diagnosed as “autistic” or anything else, who are just labeled as “aggressive” and are difficult to manage. The answer, of course, even when there are neurological differences is to use whatever strengths are present to help the person overcome the challenges presented by their unique neurological presentation.

      —- Steve