A Syracuse University student is suing the university and another hospital after she alleges she was detained and given Risperdal and Klonopin when she complained of flu-like symptoms. Kaitlyn Taylor went to the university’s health services to receive treatment for a cold, but was instead taken to another hospital where she was given a psychological evaluation, “involuntary treatment” and told to take drugs she didn’t need.
Many facilities that deal with younger patients have been accused of overusing drugs such as Risperdal, which was approved in 1994 to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The drug is used at alarming rates in foster care as well, where it is given to combat ADHD, although the drug has not been approved of such uses.
The manufacturers of Risperdal, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson, face thousands of Risperdal lawsuits alleging that the companies failed to warn doctors and patients about potential Risperdal side effects. A 20-year old Alabama was recently awarded $2.5 million after a jury found the drug caused him to grow breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia.