From 1993 through the first three months of 2008, 1,207 children given Risperdal suffered serious problems, including 31 who died. Among the deaths was a 9-year-old with attention deficit problems who suffered a fatal stroke 12 days after starting therapy with Risperdal.
At least 11 of the deaths were children whose treatment with Risperdal was unapproved by the F.D.A. Once the agency approves a medicine for a particular condition, doctors are free to prescribe it for other problems. Psych drug firms then market heavily to MDs (not just to psychiatrists) so that they will prescribe the drugs for “off-label” usage, based on what they are told by drug company reps and their advertisements.
For more info, click this video link from CCHR: Psychiatric Drugging: Making a Killing