Mother brought to tears hearing Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal tactics

David Sell Posted:   Friday, January 30, 2015, 8:05 AM Benita Pledger dabbed at her tears as she sat in a wooden chair outside a court room in Philadelphia's City Hall early Thursday evening. "I'm just having a hard time right now," she said, "hearing what the pharmaceutical company was doing." Pledger had just finished a full day of listening to her attorney, Thomas Kline, and former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. David Kessler discuss documents that showed Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceutical subsidiary tried to manipulated data in versions of reports to hide evidence that the company's antipsychotic drug Risperdal had caused boys like her son to grow breasts. "The most important thing for me, as someone who worked for the FDA, as a physician and as somebody who served on the boards of pharmaceutical companies, is you tell the truth and you tell the whole truth," Kessler said on the stand. "You tell the whole story. You make sure the data supports the message. What they want to convey doesn ’t match what the data shows and to me, that doesn’t tell the whole story. Make sure the FDA knows and make sure the doctors know. Tell them the good and the bad." Pledger and her husband sued J &J in Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas, alleging that Risperdal caused their son to grow breasts, a condition called gynecomastia. Judge Ramy Djerassi is presiding over the tria...
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