History of Risperdal Claim
South Carolina initially filed the Risperdal complaint in 2007, pursuing civil penalties on two different claims of illegal marketing practices:
- The first claim was based upon the content of the written material accompanying Risperdal prescriptions since 1994, the year the drug was first introduced to the market.
- The second claim arose from allegedly false information included in a letter J&J subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals sent to South Carolina’s prescribing physicians in 2003.
When the state of South Carolina won the verdict in 2011, Janssen was ordered to pay $327 million in damages, or a $300 fine for every sample box of Risperdal that was distributed and a $4,000 fine per copy of the letter sent to prescribing physicians.
Janssen has been fighting the verdict in the case brought by the state of South Carolina since 2011, and in February 2015, the penalty was reduced to $136 million.
Less than six months later, in July 2015, the South Carolina Supreme Court reduced the penalty even further, this time to $124 million.
The justices explained that the need for a reduction was due to a recalculation of the original assessment.