March 20 Johnson & Johnson on Thursday
won the reversal by the Arkansas Supreme Court of a roughly $1.2
billion judgment in a lawsuit accusing the company of improperly
marketing the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.
The court said the jury verdict could not be supported
because Arkansas, which had brought the case, had sued under a
law covering health care facilities, rather than drug companies
such as Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit.
Risperdal was launched in 1994, and is used to treat
conditions including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and
irritability in autistic people.
The drug and other anti-psychotic treatments have also been
linked to side effects such as strokes, diabetes and weight
gain. Generic versions are available.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel was not
immediately available for comment. Johnson & Johnson was also
not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by David