This is huge and the penalty falls on the Janssen Pharmaceutical division imagebreaking the Medicaid law.  A letter sent out in 2003 said Risperdal was safer than the competition to tons of doctors. 
The fine was calculated by doing some math during a 3 and a half year period so the minimum fine here was 5k so times that by more than 200,000 Medicaid prescriptions.  J and J has asked for a new trial and said they would appeal if a new trial was denied.  Back in 2010 J and J was involved with a whistleblower/kickback case with seniors. 

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There have been a few other cases with Risperdal and add on recalls and hips for J and J and it’s not been a great couple of years for them.  BD

A state judge in Arkansas ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a $1.1 billion fine after a jury found the company had minimized the risks of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

Judge Tim Fox determined that J&J and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit repeatedly broke the state's Medicaid fraud law, the Associated Press reports.

One big issue: a letter sent to thousands of doctors in the state 2003 that said Risperdal was safer than rival medicines, according to Bloomberg.

Each Risperdal prescription for a Medicaid patient during a 3½-year period represented a violation of state law. Multiply $5,000, the minimum fine, by more than 200,000 prescriptions, and you get the lion's share of the penalty.


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