After a Tennessee boy began using Risperdal in 2003 to treat a psychiatric problem, the lawsuit claims that he began to notice an increase in the size of his breasts. Bringing the suit into Pennsylvania state court, the male victim looked for compensation for his enlarged breasts. The lawsuit claimed that the victim’s use of Risperdal led to the enlarged breasts. After a full trial, the verdict was released for $70 million to the victim. The jury found that J&J failed to properly warn that Risperdal could cause abnormal development of the male breast. If you believe that your use of Risperdal has led to abnormal breast growth, contact an experienced Risperdal lawyer.
What Are the Dangers of Risperdal?
As the Risperdal lawsuit above claimed, one of the major dangerous side effects of using Risperdal is the increased abnormal growth of the male breast tissue, known as gynecomastia. One study found that use of Risperdal by young men may be as much as five-times more likely to develop gynecomastia compared to those who do not use the drug. Some other side effects that are associated with the use of Risperdal include an increased risk of diabetes and high-blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. Among these serious side effects, some of the less-serious, but still dangerous side effects include weight gain, rashes and muscle stiffness.
Are There Other Risperdal Verdicts?
Prior to this $70 million verdict brought on by a Philadelphia jury, the verdicts awarded to the victims of similar claims against Johnson & Johnson have been much less. There are currently more than 1,100 Risperdal lawsuits that have been combined in Philadelphia. Below are some of the latest verdicts:
- March, 2015: A jury in Philadelphia was ordered to pay $2.5 million to a 22 year old male who developed abnormally large breasts in the size of 46DD after taking Risperdal for an “off-label reason.”
- October, 2015: Johnson & Johnson has paid $5.6 million to a family of a boy who used Risperdal during their clinical trials. Sadly, the victim died during this trial.
- November, 2015: Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $1.75 million to a family of a young boy who developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal.
- December, 2015: A jury in Philadelphia was ordered to pay $500,000 to a 22 year old young man who had autism and developed 46DD breasts after using Risperdal.
Contact a Risperdal Lawyer
If you or a loved one have suffered from gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, you may be entitled to damages for medical bills, lost income, emotional anguish, and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is currently working with some of the more experienced Risperdal lawyers in the country, who do not charge a fee unless you receive an award or settlement. Please contact our toll free number 24/7 at 1-800-992-6878, or fill out a contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.