Canada doesn’t appear to be as litigious as the U.S. and you don’t hear much about successful cases brought up against the Pharma giants here but I’m really hoping that this is going to change in Canada….and fast.
And it’s not that I want to see litigants become suddenly wealthy either. It’s because I want the Pharmaceutical companies to stop marketing and selling drugs that are maiming and killing people – our children in particular.
It’s been my experience that the ONLY way stop a Pharmaceutical company from doing this is to hit them where it hurts, where it costs them some money because, you see, ethics have long gone. Responsibility is non-existent and it is unfortunately the only thing that will do it.
It’s not enough for them to pull drugs off the market on account of these drugs have killed or caused kids to kill. Kids like Toran Henry from New Zealand (suicided while on Prozac) or Shane Clancey from Ireland (stabbed a boy then turned the knife on himself while on Celexa) or Brennan McCartney from Canada (suicided while on Cipralex) and thousands more.
So there’s hope here. Hope in the form of a Mr. Joseph M. Prodor, a lawyer in British Columbia who is working on a class action lawsuit* against Johnson & Johnson, makers of Risperdal.
Risperdal is an anti-psychotic and has been prescribed (off label) to boys who subsequently grew breasts due to one of the drugs side effects – elevated levels of female hormones (prolactin) . Some of these kids have to have their breasts surgically removed.
Risperdal has been approved for children for the following:
Schizophrenia- Treatment of schizophrenia in adolescents aged 13-17
Bipolar Disorder- Short term-treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder in children and adolescents aged 10-17
Autistic Disorder- Treatment of irritability associated with autistic disorder in children and adolescents aged 5-16
Here is a clip regarding a lawsuit in the U.S. Notice how J & J caved (and settled) the lawsuit as soon as their CEO, Alex Gorsky was next to get on the stand. Wonder why?
Mr. Joseph M. Prodor a Lawyer in British Columbia, Canada, is currently collecting information from Canadians who have been affected by this medication and is going to be taking it to the courts to get it certified as a class action lawsuit.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Disruptive behavior disorders in children
Rapid weight gain
Tumors of the pituitary gland
Gynecomastia (breast development in males)
Decreased bone mineral density
Involuntary movement disorders (tics, twitches, muscle contractions)
Nueroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)
For anyone in Canada wishing to join this lawsuit, please contact:
Joseph M. Prodor, Esq. (trial lawyer)
15260 Thrift Avenue
White Rock, BC V4B 2L2
Toll Free Tel: 1-877-JPRODOR (1-877-577-6367)
He will be able to take your info and direct you to someone in your province or give you instructions.
*A class action lawsuit is filed on behalf of a group of people who have been in some way injured by the actions of a company.
When someone joins a class action lawsuit, he usually has to sign papers declaring that he then forfeits the right to sue the company as an individual. A successful suit awards damages to the plaintiffs, who are those suing the company, according to greatest damage. In most cases, not all members of the suit are entitled to equal compensation.
Usually, the attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that they will receive a portion of the award but charge their clients no fees if the suit is not successful. That portion can be high, ranging from 30% to 50% of the total award.