PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia jury has ordered health giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $1.75 million to a Maryland man who developed breasts while taking the company’s Risperdal antipsychotic drug.
It marks the third verdict in thousands of lawsuits filed over the side effect.
The jury concluded in early November that Johnson & Johnson, Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., who manufacture the drug, failed to adequately warn the plaintiff of the health risks associated with Risperdal, which is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
There are approximately 1,500 Risperdal cases filed by men pending in Philadelphia and nearly 5,500 cases pending across the United States that claim similar allegations.
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Allegations in Risperdal Lawsuits
The Risperdal lawsuits allege the plaintiffs developed gynecomastia, or abnormal male breast growth, as the result of taking Risperdal.
In some cases, the plaintiffs developed breasts as large as “D” cups, and the abnormal breast growth did not go away — even after the drug had been discontinued for years, sometimes requiring breast reduction surgery.
Although Risperdal has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1993, it was initially only approved for use by adults as an antipsychotic, specifically for treating schizophrenia. The lawsuits allege the manufacturers failed to adequately warn of this potentially permanent side effect and that the antipsychotic medication was often prescribed to children for off-label use such as for treating autism or ADD.
Results in Other Risperdal Cases
Risperdal lawsuits have had widely varying results so far. The first jury trial, which was also in Philadelphia, resulted in a $2.5 million jury verdict against the drug’s manufacturers. In the second case, the jury concluded that the manufacturers’ warnings were inadequate but that they could not prove that the plaintiff’s abnormal breast development was the result of him using the drug, so the jury ultimately awarded no damages. Some cases have also settled instead of being tried.
Although other similar trials have had mixed results, this latest case sets a great precedent for pending and future Risperdal plaintiffs since the jury concluded that the plaintiff developed male breasts as the result of taking this drug and that the manufacturers failed to adequately warn the plaintiff’s doctors about this potential side effect.
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