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J&J Fined $1.1 Billion for Misleading Doctors Over Risperdal

Johnson & Johnson must pay more than $1.1 billion in fines, a judge ruled after an Arkansas jury found the company’s officials misled doctors and patients about the risks of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

Judge Tim Fox in Little Rock, Arkansas, yesterday found J&J and its Janssen unit committed more than 238,000 violations of the state’s Medicaid fraud laws by illegally marketing Risperdal over an almost four-year period starting in 2002. Fox found each violation carried a $5,000 fine, pushing the total to more than $1.1 billion.