Risperdal Lawsuits Have Cost Johnson & Johnson Millions so Far
Risperdal litigation may prove costly for Johnson & Johnson. In February
of 2015 a jury in Philadelphia ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.5
million in damages to the family of an autistic boy who took Risperdal
and suffered significant breast tissue growth, a condition called gynecomastia.
Johnson & Johnson is accused of failing to warn consumers of the risk
for gynecomastia and for hiding the data which demonstrates the risks
involved. Pharmaceutical liability lawyers have been accepting clients
for litigation over the dangerous side-effects associated with Risperdal.
Risperdal Can Cause Gynecomastia in Young Males
Some young males develop unusually large breasts as a result of treatment
with the medication Risperdal. Risperdal, an anti-psychotic medication
initially prescribed to treat schizophrenia, is now prescribed for bipolar
disorder and off-label for autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder, sleeping problems, and anxiety. Risperdal is manufactured
by Johnson and Johnson and received FDA approval in 1993.
What is gynecomastia and how can it affect my child?
Gynecomastia is the development of unusually large breasts in boys and
young men. The growth is more than just the excess fat that overweight
boys may develop. This growth is caused by actual glandular tissue development.
The breasts can become uneven, sensitive, and painful. In some cases,
boys have even began lactating as a result of Risperdal. This condition
can be extremely embarrassing and upsetting for young men and their families.
As a result many patients consider Risperdal a dangerously defective drug
which should be removed from the market.
What is the treatment for gynecomastia?
Doctors typically recommend that boys that develop gynecomastia have the
breast tissue surgically removed through a mastectomy. Liposuction alone
often cannot adequately treat gynecomastia as the growth results from
tissue, not fat. A mastectomy is major surgery. In addition to being costly,
it is painful and requires an extensive recovery. In addition, it leaves
scars on the chest.
What can I do if my child has developed gynecomastia as a result of taking
If your child has developed gynecomastia after taking the drug Risperdal,
contact us today. Many individuals have sued Johnson & Johnson arguing
that they were not warned of this potential life-changing side effect.
A number of cases have been settled and although some settlements are
confidential, others have reached as high as 2.5 million dollars. Risperdal
lawsuits assert that Johnson & Johnson should have warned individuals,
parents, and physicians about the risk of developing gynecomastia from
taking the drug.
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to warn individuals, physicians,
and the public as a whole about any potential risks involved in taking
their medications. Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals
face blame for not alerting physicians and consumers that taking Risperdal
may result in breast development.
Gynecomastia can be devastating for boys and young men. They face painful
medical treatment and surgery to correct the condition, and often experience
embarrassment and humiliation over having developed full breasts. If your
child has taken Risperdal and developed gynecomastia, a
Portland personal injury lawyer at Angel Law, P.C. can help! To learn more about how we can help,
contact us online or call (503) 862-8666 today.