J&J will pay Arkansas $7.8 million to settle Risperdal’s diabetes risk

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has entered a settlement agreement worth $7.8 million over the state of Arkansas’ allegations that the company misled patients and doctors about the diabetes risk of its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, Bloomberg Business reported on May 22.

The settlement, which ended close to eight decades of legal brawl over Risperdal’s diabetes risk, came amid various state lawsuits filed against the company. Risperdal is blamed for a myriad of different adverse effects, including gynecomastia, or the enlargement of breast tissue in males. But despite issues of side-effects, an emailed statement by a company spokesperson said the company’s recent settlement with Arkansas doesn’t mean admittance of liability.

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