Am I taking drugs off label?

Until 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not allow Janssen Pharmaceutical to market its atypical anti-psychotic drug Risperdal for use in children due to lack of evidence that the drug is safe for pediatric use. However, a 1994 product outline revealed that the company planned to promote the drug for off-label use in children, causing the company to be involved in many lawsuits.

The use of a drug for conditions other than what it is approved for can be risky. Because doctors have no duty to disclose to their patients whether they are receiving an off label prescription or not, you should ask your doctor right away if you are receiving drugs off label. If so, ask them about how sure they are about prescribing you the drug, and how certain they are that you will benefit from it.

Some drug companies engage in unfair practices, such as selling their products for unapproved uses at consumers’ expense. If you think Risperdal has harmed you or your loved one, speak with an attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling (800) 220-9341 to learn more about taking legal action against the pharmaceutical company involved.

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