December 11, 2015 – In Philadelphia today a jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $500,000 to a Wisconsin boy who grew female breasts after being prescribed the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.
The case started back in April 2013 when Stange started to develop unusual enlarged breast tissue, a condition called gynecomastia, while being treated in 2006 with Risperdal for a condition related to Tourette’s syndrome.
Warning labels describing the chance of growing breast tissue was a key to the court victory. While the label did in fact mention gynecomastia as a side effect was a rare occurrence, his lawyers claimed that Johnson & Johnson had data from many years showing that the occurrence is much more prevalent.
Johnson & Johnson’s legal team tried to push off the breast growth simply as puberty.
Three cases earlier in Philadelphia had produced two verdicts totaling $4.25 million.
Currently there are more than 1,600 Risperdal cases pending in class action status. There are also more cases lined up in the Los Angeles, California state court.
Reference: Timothy Stange v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al., case number 130401984, in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
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