CONROE TEXAS – On Sunday afternoon around 1pm, September 20, 2015, four members of the Sedlmeier family died in a wreck that also injured three others on SH 105 near Marina Drive in front of Conroe Fire Station Number 6. Ronald Cooper, 68 of Montgomery, had just left church when he was heading westbound

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TERRELL TEXAS – On Wednesday morning, September 16, 2015, William Edwards, 66, of Plano, Texas, was killed in an accident that involved four 18-wheelers and one car. Mr. Edwards was driving his black 2009 Nissan on I20 under the eastbound Spur 557 overpass, when a truck driven by Gurwinder Singh, 23

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NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS – Around 7:00 p.m. on August 28, 2015, 54-year-old California truck driver was driving northbound on US Highway 59 near Old Lufkin Road south of Nacogdoches, Texas. The semi-trailer that Rafael Polendo Hernandez was driving was hit from behind by a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Michael Zambo from Lufkin, Texas. Blaze Zambo,

In September of last year, 21-year old Aaron Banks settled for an undisclosed amount with Johnson and Johnson (J&J) regarding the use of Risperdal with its negative side effects and understated risks. Banks had been treated with Risperdal from the ages 9 to 14. Because of the use of this drug he developed a condition known as Gynecomastia, or the abnormal growth of male breast tissue. Banks’ attorney Stephen Sheller explains that the breast development is caused by the stimulation and increased levels of prolactin—a hormone released by the pituitary gland. Unfortunately for Banks, this growth of males breasts lead to prolonged psychological trauma. This case was only the first of many to follow; recently J&J has been involved in a 2.2 billion dollar Risperdal settlement with the federal government. This law suit is partially based on the alleged understated risks of the medication. Sheller also stated, “There are boys who grew breasts as large as ‘D’ cups. There’s a major design defect here… not just the fact that labeling understated risks.”


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For more than a decade Risperdal has been promoted for unproven off-label uses. Although doctors may have a legal right to prescribe drugs for some off-label purposes, drug companies are not legally entitled to promote or market drugs for purposes other than those approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Through salespeople, sent out

 

Would you take a drug if one of the side effects was possible death? Most wouldn’t take that risk. Would you take a drug if you knew that one of the side effects for young men was the risk of breast growth? Few would take that risk as well. However, Risperdal—an atypical antipsychotic medication—has