Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was ordered to pay $2.5 million in damages to a family resulting from its antipsychotic drug Risperdal. This trial marks the first verdict in thousands of lawsuits filed against the healthcare giant over the medication’s side effect.
In this case, J&J was found guilty of failing to adequately warn an autistic man from Alabama and his family about the antipsychotic drug’s potential side effects, including a link to the abnormal growth of female breast tissue. The now 20-year-old was a young boy when he took the schizophrenia drug in 2002, and later developed size 46DD breasts as a young teenager.
At the time he began taking Risperdal, the drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only for use in adults. The jury heard testimony accusing J&J officials of intentionally hiding study results showing evidence the drug was linked to abnormal breast tissue in adolescent boys.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is overdevelopment of the breast tissue in boys or men, caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone.
- In addition to having enlarged breasts, men or boys with gynecomastia may notice their breasts feel rubbery or firm;
- While gynecomastia isn’t a serious problem, it can be a tough condition for men. Men and boys with gynecomastia sometimes have pain in their breasts and suffer from intense embarrassment.
Need Help? Contact our Risperdal Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or fallen ill due to the use of Risperdal, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
For a no-cost, no-obligation review of your Risperdal claim, call the law offices of The Eichholz Law Firm today or contact us online by filling out the free case evaluation form to the right—your information will remain completely confidential.
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