Nationwide Risperdal Litigation
Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals subsidiary, Risperdal is indicated to treat schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. Last November, Johnson & Johnson reported that at least 15,400 product liability claims had been filed in courts around the U.S. on behalf of individuals alleged to have suffered serious Risperdal side effects. The company also acknowledged that the number of claims was continuing to increase.
Plaintiffs who are pursuing Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuits assert that the drug can stimulate the pituitary gland to produce excessive amounts of prolactin, a hormone that is instrumental in female breast development and lactation. Abnormally high levels of prolactin have also been linked to the development of female-like breasts, or gynecomastia, in men and boys. Plaintiffs claim that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen concealed data linking Risperdal to gynecomastia, and failed to provide doctors and patients with appropriate warnings regarding this risk.
The Pennsylvania litigation has convened six Risperdal gynecomastia trials since February 2015. The most recent case concluded last July, with $70 million awarded to a teenager who experienced excessive breast growth shortly after he began taking the drug at the age of five. (Case No. 130402094) The litigation's second-largest verdict - $2.5 million - came at the conclusion of the first gynecomastia trial in February 2015. (Case No. A-196444) A month later, the jury hearing a second case declined to award any damages to the plaintiff, after determining that there was not enough evidence to conclude that Risperdal had caused his breast growth. However, they did find that the safety warnings provided to patients and doctors were inadequate. (Case No. 130301803) In November 2015, a third gynecomastia plaintiff was awarded $1.75 million, although the Court later reduced the verdict to $680,000. (Case No. 130401990) A fourth Risperdal trial ended in December 2015 with a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $500,000. (Case No. 130401984)
This past December, the judge presiding over Pennsylvania's sixth Risperdal gynecomastia trial dismissed the case at its mid-point due to insufficient evidence. Confidential settlements have also been reached in several cases that had been scheduled for trial in the mass tort program.
Compensation may be available to men and boys who experienced excessive breast growth allegedly associated with Risperdal. To learn more about filing a Risperdal lawsuit, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP by visiting the Firm's website, or by calling 800-511-5092.
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