Tuesday, October 2, 2012

J&J Sales Reps Earned BONUSES For Breaking The Law!

And the Hits just keep Rolling in.

The Philadelphia Enquirer has;
Risperdal Trial: Sales Rep Cites Pressure From Above
September 26, 2012|By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer

A former Janssen Pharmaceuticals sales representative who was promoted because of his success in selling the antipsychotic drug Risperdal told a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury Monday that he and his team followed orders from the top of the company in promoting the drug for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Janssen is a wholly owned subsidiary of health-care giant Johnson & Johnson, which has headquarters in New Brunswick, N.J., and divisions elsewhere in the region.
"Janssen wanted Risperdal to be a $1 billion drug, and that led to how we would communicate with our customers," said Tone Jones, referring to doctors who would prescribe the drug to patients. Jones was a sales representative for Janssen and Risperdal.
The jury of eight men and four women will decide whether J&J owes money to the family of a 17-year-old from Texas who was prescribed the drug when he was 5 and started growing breasts at age 12. Judge Mark Bernstein told the jury he expected the case to last about three weeks.
J&J faces hundreds of individual lawsuits alleging harm to patients, but it also faces - or has paid to settle - multiple state and federal cases involving inappropriate promotion of Risperdal.
The drug was approved in 1993, but only to treat adults with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, which have small populations, and that makes generating huge profits difficult. Doctors can legally prescribe anything, but drug companies can't promote a drug for anything not on the official FDA-approved label. The allegations across all the suits is that Janssen did just that.
J&J attorney Laura Smith dismissed that idea and encouraged jurors not to view the case as one of a multinational corporation ignoring federal law and patient safety in pursuit of profit, but as a case of a boy with multiple mental problems who was genuinely helped by the drug and had minimal side effects.
"Risperdal was a very good choice" for the boy's three physicians, Smith told the jurors.
Smith later told the jury that if any Janssen personnel had been found promoting drugs for unapproved uses, they would have been fired.
That set up a direct contradiction when Jones took the stand. The plaintiff's attorney, Bob Hilliard, in his opening statement, had shown a group photograph that included Jones and then-Janssen president Alex Gorsky, who is now chief executive officer of J&J.
Hilliard asked Jones whether he knew of anybody who got fired for selling Risperdal off-label.
"No," said Jones, who started four years at quarterback for Oklahoma State and then spent about 10 years working for Janssen.
Did you get bonuses based on selling Risperdal off-label? Hilliard asked.
"Yes," said Jones.
Earlier in the day, Hilliard and Philadelphia lawyers Stephen Sheller and Brian McCormick formally asked Judge Arnold New to reconsider his decision Thursday that Gorsky could not be compelled to testify. New gave no reason for his decision. Gorsky's assistant had said in an affidavit that he would be in Asia. The boy's attorneys said New was setting a terrible precedent because every corporate leader would suddenly find the need to be out of the country when subpoenaed by opposing counsel.
"A decision to quash the subpoena of Mr. Gorsky would result in denial of the rights of ordinary citizens, such as Plaintiffs, and would favor large businesses over the interests in a trial by jury," the plaintiff's attorneys wrote.

Thank You Philly.com and Mr Sell

And here's more on the business of Off-Label Marketing from State Attorneys General filed Lawsuits against J&J's Risperdal.

State of Texas, 3rd Amended Petition

State of Arkansas

Commonwealth Of Massachusetts

And then there's this slip opinion from Justice Crouch in South Carolina, characterizing the Risperdal Gang, as he ordered them to Pay $327 Million to the State, as "Detestable".

Below, we've previously shared out that particular 'Detestable'.

"this Court finds the actions of the Defendants, upon this audience, to be detestable."
"Annual Sales of Risperdal worldwide per annual reports of Johnson & Johnson, Inc.
1994: $0.172 Billion
1995: $0.343 Billion
1996: $0.502 Billion
1998: $0.588 Billion
1999: $0.892 Billion
2000: $1.083 Billion
2001: $1.845 Billion
2002: $2.146 Billion
2003: $2.512 Billion
2004: $3.05 Billion
2005: $3.552 Billion
2006: $4.180 Billion
2007: $4.697 Billion
2008: $1.309 Billion
2009: $1.425 Billion
2010: $1.50 Billion

Total for the period: $29.796 Billion

Testimony at trial indicated that the profit margin for sales of Risperdal was 97% or $28.90 Billion for the period of 1994-2010"
And there's more 'Detestable' from J&J and their Risperdal gang. There's Always More Detestable. Like this Detestable, where 40 State AGs are looking into Joining the Detestable fray, which Never should have been Allowed, BY DC's FDA, to have Detestabled in the First place:
After J&J Failed 48% of 161 FDA Inspections in One Year
And then there's This King Sized Let Down where 36 States took Their 30 Pieces of Silver/Chump Change and decided to just, Take their 30 Pieces of Silver.

And now it's Bonuses, for Off-Label Marketing, to Children.
It really is a shame that all that Bonus money didn't inflict the crippling Tardive Dyskinesias that Risperdal itself inflicts, on Every Hand that Took that Money. 


Daniel Haszard said...

Risperdal reproached!
All the manufacturer’s of the SGA (Second generation Antipsychotics) engaged in deceptive promotions and off label marketing
Now that I know what signs to look for.I can always tell when the drug company rep strolls in to the waiting room of the doctor's office.
They carry a large sample case of 'treats' and get buzzed right in.
Big pharma institutions like Johnson and Johnson and Eli Lilly have 'sown the wind' and are now 'reaping the whirlwind' of bad consequences for their pushy off-label promotions.
--Daniel Haszard (got diabetes from Eli Lilly's 'viva' Zyprexa)

Donna said...

My sons have permanent damage from Risperadol. I'm not sure what I can do about it. Donna