Johnson & Johnson Settles Risperdal Case For $181 Million

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $181 million to resolve allegations of inappropriate marketing of the drug Risperdal.  Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia will share in the settlement money.

The lawsuit alleges that Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, marketed Risperdal for off-label uses, targeting patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression, and anxiety.  These uses aren’t FDA-approved and Janssen never established that the drug was safe and effective for them.

Along with the District of Columbia, the following states participated in the settlement: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

This agreement is separate from a continuing federal investigation that could lead to criminal charges against the company.  Reports suggest a settlement of that investigation could reach $2 billion.

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