Risperdal Lawsuits Accelerate in 2017

Risperdal Lawsuits Accelerate in 2017

Risperdal Lawsuits Accelerate, In 1993 the FDA approved the use of Risperdal for the treatment of autism, bipolar mania, and schizophrenia. However, it became evident that the drug had some serious side effects including the development of breasts in boys and men.

Lawsuits are increasing against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson and the manufacturer of the drug. The public has become aware of the drugs side effects through massive television advertising, by attorneys looking for more men to represent. In addition, Johnson and Johnson has canceled the “tolling agreement” which pauses or cancels the statute of limitations and allows potential claimants the opportunity to file legal action. Thus the Philadelphia courts are bogged down with an increase of over 3,000 cases in the first quarter of 2017, bringing the total to over 5,000 now pending.

To date, of the cases that have made it to trial, Janssen has lost 4 of the 8 cases. In 2016 one claimant was awarded $70 million, plus another $7 million due to a delay in proceedings.

Johnson and Johnson has been accused of non-disclosure of serious side effects to doctors, parents and the public. In November 2013, Johnson and Johnson plead guilty to aggressive marketing, off label use, and paying doctors kickbacks; they paid fines totaling $2.2 billion.

Surprisingly, the drug remains on the market, and in fact, sales increased 1.6% over 2016 with a first-quarter sales report for 2017 of $17.8 billion. There is some debate about the benefits versus the side effects; meanwhile, the drug is still being prescribed.

Risperdal Lawsuits Accelerate


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Gynecomastia Stories: I Need to Get This Off My Chest!

Gynecomastia Stories: I Need to Get This Off My Chest!

In addition to the forums on this site where men share their gynecomastia experiences, you can find many more stories by Googling “gynecomastia stories.”

There is great value in hearing men’s experiences first hand. It is unusual, as men are more reluctant to share personal information, but it proves their commitment to motivating other men to resolve their issue with female-type breasts.

One of the “Google stories” tells of a man who tried exercising and losing weight but was discouraged to find it did not reduce his breasts. He finally got his courage up and consulted with a gynecomastia specialist. He proceeded with male breast reduction surgery, and he proudly reports that it changed his life.

Another “Google story” reveals a man who suffered from anxiety and severe depression from female-type breasts. He avoided all social activities where he might need to remove his shirt, such as, going to the beach or attending pool parties. Instead, he spent his time sitting in front of a computer.

If you are visiting this blog page then hopefully you have seen the multiple stories that are on this site. If you missed them, go to the “Gynecomastia 101” tab, scroll down to “Living with Gynecomastia” then click on “Patient Stories.”

Gynecomastia Stories

My Gynecomastia Story, Patient’s Own Words

My Gynecomastia Story, Patient’s Own Words

My Gynecomastia Story, In looking for information on gynecomastia; reading reviews, searching websites for articles are all good, but when you get an opinion from a patient that has experienced gynecomastia surgery, that is invaluable! Miguel Delgado, M.D. has a patient that recently made a video of his experience to share with other men who are contemplating male breast reduction surgery.

The out of town gynecomastia patient starts his story from his arrival at his hotel to his third day postoperatively. You may find the video is not a state of the art production; however, it lends to its authenticity.

Our patient, who we will call Matt, explains how he is feeling at the time of his arrival, and while he is slightly nervous, he is mostly anxious because he is very hungry! All patients that undergo surgery with general anesthesia need to be NPO for several hours’ prior surgery. NPO is Latin for nil per os, which means no food or drink. Matt’s surgery is going to be in the afternoon, so he is focusing more on his hunger than being nervous for surgery. He also states that he is very excited to be finally having his surgery.

Matt displays all of his medications and explains what they are for, starting with his VitaMedica vitamins, which he started two weeks before surgery. VitaMedica are high quality vitamins that Dr. Delgado believes are of great benefit to his surgery patients. Next, Matt shows his antibiotics and anti-nausea medications, and then for after surgery, he has pain medication. It is recommended to write down when medications are taken as it is easy to forget what you took and when.

After taking a preoperative shower, our patient heads off to the surgery center for his much awaited procedure. After his pre-operative work up, Matt is taken to the operating room. The video then goes to three days after surgery when Matt arrived at the office to get his drains taken out. Still in recovery mode, it is obvious that Matt is very happy with his decision to have male breast reduction surgery and states he is ready to live life!

Gynecomastia surgeons all agree that male breast reduction surgery is very rewarding not only for the patient but for the surgeon who impacts men’s lives in such a positive way!

Rise in Male Breast Reduction Reported in Allure Magazine

Rise in Male Breast Reduction Reported in Allure Magazine

Beauty authority, Allure magazine noted recently that male breast reduction surgery is on the rise. The magazine quoted the statistics on male breast reduction surgery from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) as we did in our previous blog.

Allure magazine highlights the latest in fashion, beauty products, and newest trends in cosmetic plastic surgery. The magazine noted that according to ASPS statistics for 2015 of the 68,106 breast reduction procedures that were performed, over 40% were for men. This is the first time that the numbers have been so high for men. Allure cites past president of ASPS, Scot Glasberg that the stigma for cosmetic surgery for men has been lifted, and attributes that to reality shows and social media.

The motivation for breast reduction surgery is quite different for men and women. Women have been seeking breast reduction surgery for decades. Most women are looking for relief from heavy breasts that cause back, neck and shoulder pain, and the desire to be able to buy clothes off the rack. Men, however, find female type breasts humiliating and will wear clothing that best hides their chest.

There are varying degrees of gynecomastia for men; the mild cases are usually men who work out and want a more toned appearance with their pecs more prominent not hidden behind breast tissue and fat. The men with more moderate to severe male breasts want to look normal and feel confident if they are in a situation where they might want to remove their shirt such as the beach, pool, sports, or intimate situations. Previously, most men were not aware that there was a surgical solution to their condition. Apparently as more men are becoming aware of male breast reduction surgery, the numbers are climbing rapidly!

Also, men are encouraged to pursue surgery as they learn the recovery period is short and will allow them to return to work in just a few days. The compression vest that needs to be worn for about six weeks is easily hidden under their shirts.

Male Breast Reduction

American Society of Plastic Surgeons Report 2015 Statistics

American Society of Plastic Surgeons Report 2015 Statistics

American Society of Plastic Surgeons Report 2015 Statistics, Each year the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports statistics on the amount of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries performed. ASPS have over 7,000 surgeons which make them the most prominent group of Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, and the leading experts of information on aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.

Recently, the statistics for 2015 were published and reflect an overall increase of 2% over 2014. There were 15.9 million procedures performed in 2015; this is a combination of surgical and minimally invasive treatments. Of the surgical procedures, breast reduction surgery was at an all-time high of 68,106. Surprisingly, for the first time, male breast reduction represented more than 40% of this total with 27,456 performed. This is an increase of 5% over 2014!

Gynecomastia specialist, Miguel Delgado, M.D. reports that he has seen an increase in his gynecomastia practice each year. Dr. Delgado attributes the rise of surgery to the diminished stigma of men seeking cosmetic surgery. Additionally, now there is an abundant amount of information available to men via the internet (and in particular on this site!) Be sure to check out the tab on Gynecomastia 101 for information on such topics as:
Adolescent gynecomastia
Adult gynecomastia
Steroid-induced gynecomastia
• And much more!

For personalized information about gynecomastia plastic surgery procedures, please complete Dr. Delgado’s inquiry form.

Plastic Surgeons Report 2015

Plastic Surgeons Report 2015