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New Risperdal Lawsuits Added to Philadelphia Litigation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

New York, New York (PRWEB) November 27, 2014

Nearly 1,100 Risperdal lawsuits ( ) have been filed in a consolidated litigation now underway in Pennsylvania state court, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.

Documents recently updated in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas show 1,079 records included in the state proceeding, all of which involve a drug approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions. Many of the cases in this proceeding allege symptoms of Risperdal gynecomastia, a painful and embarrassing condition categorized by male breast growth. Men who have developed breasts after taking this medication allege the need for mastectomies, liposuction and other surgical procedures to remove the excess tissue, which they claim to have been inadequately warned about by Risperdals manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. (In Re: Risperdal Litigation, Case Number 100300296)

Our Firm continues to represent men in who have filed Risperdal lawsuits in this proceeding, all of whom allegedly suffered male breast growth, or gynecomastia, as a result of the medication says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective medical devices and drugs including Risperdal. The Firm is currently offering free and confidential case evaluations to individuals who allegedly developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal.

Risperdal Lawsuits

Risperdal lawsuits filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas allege similar complications related to the use of the atypical antipsychotic medication, which is approved to treat irritability in children with autism, in addition to adults and adolescents ages 10-to-17 with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Research suggests that the treatment is also prescribed to patients with ADHD, although it is not specifically cleared for this use by regulators.*

Among the gynecomastia issues alleged in Risperdal lawsuits, plaintiffs mention breast tenderness, nipple discharge and swelling as resulting from the medication. Claimants accuse Johnson & Johnson and Janssen of failing to properly inform men of the medications tendency to produce elevated levels of prolactin, a hormone associated with female breast development and lactation in new mothers.

According to lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen have also engaged in off-label promotion of Risperdal, for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In November 2013, the companies agreed to settle charges from the U.S. Department of Justice that partially involved their alleged promotion of Risperdal to elderly patients with dementia and for pediatric uses not cleared by the agency until 2006. The federal government reported that the $ 2.2 billion settlementwas one of the largest federal case settlements involving healthcare fraud in history.

Men and boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia after their use of Risperdal may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Learn more about the association between Risperdal and gynecomastia when you visit Bernstein Liebhard LLPs website. For a free case review, please call 800-511-5092.

*, U.S. News & World Report, August 7, 2012

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $ 3 billion on behalf of our clients. The Firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the Plaintiffs Hot List, recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country, for the past 12 consecutive years. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is the only firm in the country to be named to this prestigious list every year since it was first published in 2003.

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What Do You Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Jacksonville, Fla. (PRWEB) November 17, 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the population of individuals identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing each year. Most recent statistics say about one child out of every 68 has autism.

Author and educator Elizabeth Haddon, Ed.D., believes ignorance about neurological diversity amplifies the challenges autism presents to parents, teachers and treatment providers.

In her new fiction novel, Milo Autistic Warrior, she hopes to contribute to the conversation of what it means to be human and how a society responds to diversity and expectations of normalcy. What qualifies as normal and why do we value it so much?

Dr. Haddon wrote Milo Autistic Warrior as a novel about family, relationships, autism, repressed rage and the courage required to find identity in the midst of fear and destructiveness. The main character, Milo, is an autistic young man living in a society that both rejects and isolates him for being different. The story provides a glimpse into the future of how individuals with neurological differences will be affected if we dont educate ourselves.

In her more than 20 years as a counseling therapist, Dr. Haddon has acquired a deeper understanding of a bigger issue.

Schools are notoriously unsafe environments for both children and adults, Dr. Haddon said. If we care about learning, physical and emotional bullying becomes a cultural issue. Bullying, in all its forms, obliterates a sense of safety by creating an atmosphere of fear, guilt and shame.

Milo Autistic Warrior

By Elizabeth Haddon, Ed.D.

ISBN: 978-1-4969-2036-2

Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse online bookstores

About the author

Elizabeth Haddon, Ed.D., is a retired international school educator currently living in Florida. With a masters degree in psychology and a doctorate in education, Elizabeth has worked with children and adults in private practice, as a school counselor and as a school principal for more than 30 years. She has three grown children and 11 grandchildren. Milo-Autistic Warrior is her first novel.

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The Glenholme School, a Therapeutic Boarding School, Announces Its Inaugural Run for Autism

Washington, Connecticut (PRWEB) November 11, 2014

The Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding school for students with high functioning autism spectrum disorders and various social, emotional and learning differences in Washington, Connecticut is proud to announce its first annual Run for Autism planned for later this month.

The course is every runners, walker's and dog-lover's dream. (Yes, it's true! Dogs are welcome to run, too.) It is a flat and fast route set on a narrow dirt road in one of the most scenic locations in the state, the Steep Rock Preserve.It is an out and back course which hugs the Shepaug River.

The Glenholme 5K Run for Autism will start at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 23 in Steep Rock Preservation, 2 Tunnel Road, Washington Depot. Pre-race registration is $ 15 and race day registration is $ 20. Registration on race day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and the first 100 registrants will receive a commemorative water bottle.

Prizes will be awarded in all divisions and special awards will be given to the top the male and female finishers.

For more information and pre-race registration, go to or contact David Dunleavy at 860-868-7377 or via email at

The proceeds from the race will benefit the Glenholme Schools Arts Program, which provides students on the autism spectrum disorders and various learning differences with the innovative tools and platform necessary for practicing and developing the socialization skills essential to lead a successful and meaningful life. If you are unable to join the run and would like to contribute to the cause, you can Give Now by selecting the Weekend Arts Incentive.

About The Glenholme School:

The Glenholme School, a center of the Devereux organization, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) therapeutic boarding school for young people with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger's; ADHD, PDD, OCD, Tourette's, depression, anxiety, and various learning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. Our learning environment supports and enhances the ability for young people with special needs to succeed. Devereux is a leading nonprofit behavioral health organization that supports many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit Devereux Connecticut.

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Seven Common Pitfalls of Obamacare Open Enrollment and How to Avoid Them

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) November 13, 2014

Obamacare Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage begins on November 15, 2014 and ends on February 15, 2015. Mr. Glovsky is currently litigating class actions against Anthem Blue Cross of California and Blue Shield of California for misrepresentations they made during last year's open enrollment about their networks of providers (BC-549438 CA).


In PPO plans, members can access a limited network of contracted providers or access out-of-network providers. In HMO plans, members must go to doctors within their plans network but generally first obtain pre-authorization from their primary-care physician. EPO plans function like PPO plans, but members receive no coverage for out-of-network care.


Because insurers have been misleading, simply knowing the difference between the types of health plans is not enough to ensure that the consumer will actually enroll in a desired plan. To safeguard against being misled, consumers should enroll in a new plan either online or by using a paper form instead of enrolling over the phone to prevent the current insurer from rolling them into a new policy by taking no enrollment action.


Consumers are being misled into thinking that their preferred provider or facility will be in network, only to find out after enrollment that they the provider of facility is actually out of network. Take screenshots of all of the insurers web pages confirming the in-network status of providers, request written confirmation from all insurer phone representatives that the providers are in-network before enrolling in a new plan, and keep extensive notes of conversations with plan representatives.


A deductible is the amount of expenses that a plan member must pay out-of-pocket before an insurer will pay any expenses. Find out what payments each health plan counts towards the deductible because some health plans do not consider all out-of-pocket payments when calculating whether a member has met their yearly deductible.


Some plans have various deductibles for different services. For example, some health plans have a deductible for health care treatment and a separate deductible for prescription drugs.


Since not all insurance plans provide coverage for the same prescription drugs, ask about the different prescriptions that each plan covers before enrollment to ensure coverage for essential medications.


People who purchase health insurance from their states health coverage exchange, as opposed to directly from a health insurance provider, may qualify for a tax credit. Since many insurance providers offer the same exact plans (albeit with different names) on and off of the insurance market place exchanges, there is no incentive for people who qualify for a tax credit to purchase a plan outside the exchange marketplaces.

About the Law Offices of Scott C. Glovsky

Scott Glovsky represents individuals and leads class action suits in the areas of health care, health insurance denials, insurance bad faith, false claims and personal injuries.

Mr. Glovsky lawsuits have helped raise the awareness of the importance of health insurers covering mental health care, including treatment for eating disorders, autism and other severe mental illness. His most recent class action lawsuits involve suing Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California for bait and switch in connection with misrepresenting the providers and hospitals that are within its contracted networks.

The Law Offices of Scott C. Glovsky serves clients in Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Bernardino and throughout California.

Mr. Glovsky welcomes media inquiries and other questions about Obamacare Open Enrollment. He can be reached at sglovsky(at)scottglovskylaw(dot)com or (626) 243-5598.

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Center for Autism and Related Disorders Awarded $448,000 Grant from the State of Texas to Provide Therapy to Underserved Children

Corpus Christi, TX (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Inc. today announced the receipt of a $ 448,000 Autism Program grant from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). The grant will allow CARD to provide home-based, center-based, and school services for up to 24 months to underserved children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who live in Corpus Christi and outlining areas.

We are excited that Texas has allocated the resources to ensure that all children with autism get the treatment they need to lead happy, healthy lives, said CARD operations manager, Dorothy Light, M.A. Our team will partner with families, teachers and administrators to ensure these children see measurable results from their behavioral treatment.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission GIS/Demographic Team estimates 26,700 children in Texas, between the ages of three and eight years old, are diagnosed with autism. The DARS Autism Program will help the state identify models that best serve these children and will enable lawmakers to strengthen the state's efforts to serve those affected by autism.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates that one in every 68 children in America is diagnosed with ASD, with one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls diagnosed. This is more than a 30 percent increase since the 2008 report. As the prevalence of ASD has increased, services for children with ASD have not always kept pace with demand. As a result, families affected by ASD may encounter challenges when trying to access quality treatment. The increase in autism diagnoses and the lack of resources available to families in many communities leave parents struggling to access the services that are crucial to their childs development.

CARD is one of the worlds largest and most effective autism treatment providers offering evidence-based, state-of-the-art services to individuals of all ages. CARD is also the nations third largest non-governmental organization contributing to autism research. In August 2009, CARD researchers published "Retrospective Analysis of Clinical Records in 38 Cases of Recovery from Autism in the Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, showing that recovery from autism is possible with early, intensive intervention using applied behavior analysis (ABA).

One-to-one ABA therapy and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) will be provided to participants of the DARS Autism Program. Individual client assessment and intervention will be combined with caregiver training to provide optimal treatment for each family. The DARS Autism Program offers a sliding-scale fee based on adjusted gross income. Participating children must be between the ages of three and 15 years old, have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, and be a Texas resident. For more information about the DARS Autism Program, contact Dorothy Light at (512) 330-9520.

About Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services (DARS)

DARS is a state agency that works in partnership with Texans with disabilities and families with children who have developmental delays to improve the quality of their lives and to enable their full participation in society. To find out more about the agencys services, call the DARS Inquiries Line at 1-800-628-5115. Information about DARS is also available at

About Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at its 29 treatment centers around the globe. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and clinical psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. CARD employs a dedicated team of nearly 2,000 individuals across the nation and internationally. For more information, visit or call (855) 345-2273.

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New Jersey Physician Offers Treatment To Those Seeking Medical Marijuana As A Viable Option

East Brunswick, New Jersey (PRWEB) October 10, 2014

With the state of New Jerseys medical marijuana program being considered one of the tightest and most restrictive in the nation it is a blessing to patients that physicians such as Dr. Inga Friedman have decided to take up the fight for patients rights alongside those in her care. With over 20 years of experience practicing medicine Dr. Friedman is one of the few all encompassing internal specialists that is sympathetic to the plight faced by those who have been let down by conventional and traditional treatments.

Because of her wide array of experience and strong desire to assist that in need Dr. Friedmans practice offers a wide range of health improving treatments. Dr. Friedman has unfortunately seen firsthand conventional methods occasionally inability to effectively treat patients who are suffering and in need of relief. When New Jersey created and opened its medical marijuana program several years ago Dr. Friedman knew that she wanted to participate and play her part in helping patients who had been so poorly let down by other treatment options in the past. It is for this reason that Dr. Friedman has begun writing qualified and legitimate patients a recommendation to use medical marijuana in accordance with all New Jersey state laws. It should be noted that Dr. Inga Friedman does not PRESCRIBE, ADVISE, OR PROVIDE medical marijuana of any kind, under any circumstance.

Due to her belief in overall health and wellness Dr. Friedman also specializes in a number of other procedures that are designed to help you reach your healths full potential. The services offered by Dr. Friedman include, but are not limited to the following:

Vaccination Dr. Friedman offers vaccine services that aim to control and eliminate a variety of commonly found illnesses and diseases. After receiving these safe, helpful, vaccine treatments an adaptive immunity is developed to help you fight an otherwise dangerous medical alternative.

EKG/Spirometry An electrocardiogram is a test that helps check for, and diagnose problems with the electrical regulation and activity of your heart. An EKG translates your hearts electrical signals into line tracings on paper that can be interpreted and analyzed by Dr. Friedman. While an EKG focuses on diagnosing a patients heart health spirometry is used for the purposes of checking a patients pulmonary health status. Immediate results are available and Dr. Friedman is well connected to the states top cardiologists should your EKG reveal more dire or complicated results.

Blood Tests Dr. Friedman and her office are prepared to administer necessary blood tests depending on your personal symptoms or medical concerns. All samples are taken in Ingas calm and welcoming office.

Drug/Alcohol Abuse Treatment With the rates of prescription drug and alcohol abuse at all time highs Dr. Freidman is qualified along with her team to administer supervised psychological and medical treatments. Additionally Dr. Friedman runs a host of support groups that aim to cater to the individual patients circumstances and needs.

Weight Loss/Smoking Treatment When discussing a patients inability to lose weight, complications are first analyzed in order to find the cause of the issue at hand. In individuals who suffer from food sensitivity Dr. Friedman will conduct an evaluation to make sure that your body is properly metabolizing nutrients and needed chemicals and that there are not more serious internal issues a foot. Dr. Friedman will than work with you one on one to create and establish a program that will allow you to correct your problematic complications. Smoking cessation programs are available for patients with addiction and who wish to avoid cigarettes post partum.

Food Intolerance, ALCAT, and LEAP Tests Diet has always played an essential role in preventing disease and maintaining good health. The ALCAT and LEAP tests were designed to provide patients with a tool for managing food related intolerances or sensitivities as well as inflammation and chronic activation as a result of ones diet. Digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders, autism, and various other conditions can be more easily managed with properly administered ALCAT and LEAP tests.

Sclerotherapy/Laser Treatments Sclerotherapy is a proven medical procedure that has been in use since the 1930s that helps patients with unsightly and embarrassing spider veins. Dr. Friedman also specializes in facial laser treatments that help to improve ones skin tone and aide in the treatment of stubborn acne or rosacea.

If you are a patient who is suffering from a serious or debilitating condition and have been let down by prescription drugs or other conventional methods of treatment in the past we highly recommend that you contact and consult with Dr. Inga Friedman, she possess the knowledge, experience, and compassion to work with you in regards to obtaining a medical marijuana evaluation.

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