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Jury imposes $8 billion punitive damages against J&J for Risperdal

Thousands of lawsuits involving the drug Risperdal have been filed against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The main complaint by most of the young men suing is that taking Risperdal caused gynecomastia, or the abnormal development of breasts. Many plaintiffs were prescribed Risperdal as minors and none were told they might develop breasts.

Without admitting fault, J&J reaches opioid deal with 2 counties

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio had the second-highest rate of fatal opioid overdoses in the country in 2017. West Virginia led the nation in per capita opioid deaths. That's part of the reason why Ohio is central to the National Prescription Opiate Litigation, where thousands of cases against opioid manufacturers have been consolidated.

Without issuing recall, FDA advises Zantac users to switch drugs

The heartburn medication ranitidine, brand-name Zantac, may contain low levels of a carcinogenic substance, according to recent information from the Food and Drug Administration. The agency has not ordered a recall, but it suggests people who take ranitidine contact their doctors about an alternative. Over-the-counter users should consider switching to another drug, too.

Opioid manufacturers in settlement talks after J&J verdict

Recently, a judge in Oklahoma ruled that Johnson & Johnson created a public nuisance when it deceptively marketed its opioid painkillers Duragesic and Nucynta. He specifically stated that J&J had "caused an opioid crisis that is evidenced by increased rates of addiction, overdose deaths and neonatal abstinence syndrome in Oklahoma."

Doctor to testify that Perdue pushed opioids despite addiction risk

Pharmaceutical companies that produce opioid medications are being sued by governments around the country for their roles in the opioid crisis. Opioid painkillers used to be reserved for cancer pain or situations where the patient was near the end of his or her life. Doctors had been trained that the risk of addiction was too great for their use in more common pain situations.

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