Company Accused of Improprieties in Marketing Risperdal

Psychiatric News

Jim Rosack

The Texas attorney general says TMAP was just one part of an elaborate marketing scheme to increase psychotropic drug sales.

The Texas state attorney general joined a whistleblower lawsuit this past December accusing the pharmaceutical and consumer goods giant Johnson and Johnson inc. of exaggerating the benefits and minimizing the known adverse effects associated with its second-generation antipsychotic Risperdal (risperidone), marketed by subsidiary Janssen L.P.

The suit further alleges the company and its subsidiaries “improperly influenced” at least one Texas state mental health program official through the payment of “substantial financial contributions” aimed at ensuring a preferred position for Risperdal during the development and implementation of the Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP).

The lawsuit was originally filed in 2004 by Allen Jones, a former employee in Pennsylvania’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). as an OIG investigator, Jones had investigated allegations of impropriety during Pennsylvania’s efforts to implement PENNMAP, a slightly modified version of TMAP…

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