It hasn't been a great couple of weeks for Johnson & Johnson. After recently recalling some 200,000 bottles of Motrin Infants' Drops, Wednesday the company announced its second recall in as many weeks, this time for a schizophrenia drug.
Watchdogs worried about antipsychotic use in children now have more ammo. A new study links the drugs with Type 2 diabetes. Published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, the study found a threefold increase in diabetes risk for kids who take antipsychotic drugs compared with those taking other psychotropic drugs.
If you don't succeed in court, try the FDA. That's the approach of a Philadelphia lawyer who wants to make some Risperdal data public, but is barred from doing so by a federal judge's order.
The Arkansas Supreme Court is the epicenter of the latest episode in Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal saga. J&J is appealing the $1.2 billion fine in a Medicaid fraud case, in which a jury found the company had downplayed Risperdal's risks and marketed it for off-label uses.
Johnson & Johnson has been negotiating terms of a multibillion dollar settlement over aggressive marketing of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal with federal authorities for at least two years, and now it is hung on talk over breasts, The Wall Street Journal says.
South Carolina Circuit Judge Roger Couch took a particularly creative approach when he levied a $327 million penalty against Johnson & Johnson in the state's Risperdal case.
Another Big Pharma CEO faces the prospect of appearing before a jury to testify in defense of a drug that has been called dangerous.
Johnson & Johnson appears to be in settlement mode. It has knocked off some more pending litigation, having settled about 25% of the 3,400 lawsuits it faced tied to the dangers of taking antibiotic Levaquin. The settlements come after it recently negotiated settlements related to its aggressive marketing of antipsychotic drug Risperdal.
Pfizer doesn't want CEO Ian Read to take the stand in a Chantix liability suit. That's not unusual; Johnson & Johnson fought a request that CEO Alex Gorsky testify in person in a trial over alleged Risperdal misconduct. What's different in Pfizer's case is that a judge actually ordered Read to appear.
Johnson & Johnson has again backed down on its defense of Risperdal cases alleging that it caused boys who were given the antipsychotic to grow breasts.