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“The number of Floridians who died last year due to prescription drugs shot up nearly 9 percent according to an annual report released on Monday.

Medical examiners who performed more than 9,000 drug-related autopsies reported that prescription drugs - including oxycodone - were the cause of death for 2,710 individuals across the state. That same report also found that prescription drugs continue to be found more often than illegal drugs as either the cause of death or being present in the person who died. “


Although these stats only involve one state, prescription drug deaths have become a national problem

Email from Colonel Dan Cedusky:

Are you taking Risperdal? Be careful with it..watch/read the side effects. The VA prescribes it..maybe too often


LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – An Arkansas judge on Wednesday fined Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary more than $1.1 billion after a jury found that the companies downplayed and hid risks associated with taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

Judge Tim Fox determined that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., committed nearly 240,000 violations of the state's Medicaid fraud law — or one for each Risperdal prescription issued to state Medicaid patients over a 3½-year period. Each violation carried a $5,000 fine, the state's mandatory minimum amount, bringing the total to more than $1.1 billion.

Fox issued an additional $11 million fine for more than 4,500 violations under the state's deceptive practices act, but he rejected the state's request to levy fines in excess of the $5,000 minimum for the Medicaid violations.

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Risperdal, introduced in 1994, is a "second-generation" antipsychotic drug that earned Johnson & Johnson billions of dollars in sales before generic versions became available several years ago. It is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability in autism patients. Risperdal and similar antipsychotic drugs have been linked to increased risk of strokes and death in elderly dementia patients, seizures, weight gain and diabetes.”


GRADUATE ! Nov 2nd 2007 American Military University !

When thousands of Americans faced annihilation in the 1800s Chief

Osceola's response to his people, the Seminoles, was

simply "They(the US Army)have guns, but so do we."

Sameo to us -They (VA) have 38 CFR ,38 USC, and M21-1- but so do we.

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Risperdal is for people who are psychotic or have been psychotic and run a high risk of becoming psychotic again if they stop using the drug. I worked in a mental hospital. I saw lots of people who were psychotic. The old anti-psychotic drugs had some really horrible long term side effects. 99% of people with PTSD are not psychotic.

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They prescribed this MH veteran risperdal that prompted him to file a Section 1151 on.

:In this case, the medical evidence of record establishes that

the veteran did have an adverse reaction to the Risperdal

prescribed by VA to treat his psychiatric disability. The

residuals of this adverse reaction include renal failure and

NMS. However, the medical evidence of record also

establishes that the veteran's disability did not result from

carelessness, negligence, lack of proper skill, error in

judgment, or similar instance of fault on the part of VA in

furnishing the treatment or an event not reasonably

foreseeable. “

This VA opinion is Bull crap.

What appears as the veteran's IME is even worse- the IME doctor supports the claim to the extent of Risperdal damage but then says the VA was not at fault.


This veteran had obvious MH issues:

“A review of the record indicates that the veteran has a long

standing history of mental health disorders, to include, but

not limited to, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression,

and anxiety. Prior to 1997, the veteran was variously

prescribed, by VA and private treatment providers, anti-

psychotic drugs including Luvox, Lithium, Mellaril, Prozac,

Luvox, Klonopin, Zoloft, Navane, Ativan, and Serzone. The

only drug allergy reported by the veteran prior to 1997 was

to Sulfur. “

I didn't even see any diagnosed psychosis in the case but maybe I missed it.

Cripes with that drug cocktail who wouldn't have a psychosis. ..... a VA drug induced psychosis.

The vet had a lawyer at the BVA. I am stunned that this case wasn't not presented better.

GRADUATE ! Nov 2nd 2007 American Military University !

When thousands of Americans faced annihilation in the 1800s Chief

Osceola's response to his people, the Seminoles, was

simply "They(the US Army)have guns, but so do we."

Sameo to us -They (VA) have 38 CFR ,38 USC, and M21-1- but so do we.

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Risperdal is for people who are classic manic/depressive or who are schizophrenic. It is not just for anxiety. All the anti-psychotics have some pretty major side effects. They were given to me in the army for a short time. I had to go to the ER. I was not even psychotic but the damn army shrink was playing at being a doctor.


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"Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay Billion-Dollar Penalty for Risperdal

Friday, April 13, 2012

Johnson & Johnson must pay a $1.1 billion judgment after an Arkansas jury found the company guilty of misleading doctors and patients about the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

The company was accused of defrauding Medicaid by not properly disclosing Risperdal’s risks and deceptively marketing it as safer and more effective than similar medicines. Johnson & Johnson also marketed the drug towards children and seniors with various problems, doing so without the approval of the Food and Drug Administration and, indeed, after being warned not to do so. The FDA approved Risperdal only for treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability associated with autistic disorder in children and adolescents. Doctors, however, can prescribe it for other conditions, which they were encouraged to do by misleading sales letters from Johnson & Johnson.

The penalty is the third and largest so far handed down by a state justice system against the company for the way it sold Risperdal. Previous penalties were issued in Louisiana and South Carolina and the company settled with Texas in January. So far 11 states have sued J&J over Risperdal violations."

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