Risperdal Gynecomastia Verdicts
Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. Though it was approved for adults in the 1990s, Risperdal was not cleared for use in children until 2006. In November 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals had agreed to pay $2.2 billion to settle charges that they improperly marketed certain medications, including Risperdal. Among other things, the government had alleged that the companies encouraged doctors to prescribe the antipsychotic to children years before the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved any pediatric uses. (Case No. No. 130402094)
More than 2,000 Risperdal lawsuits are pending in the Philadelphia mass tort program. The proceeding concluded its fifth gynecomastia trial in July, with a jury awarding $70 million – the litigation's largest verdict thus far-- to a teenager who experienced the growth of female-like breasts shortly after he began taking Risperdal in 2003, when he was just five years old.
The litigation's second-largest verdict – $2.5 million – was awarded in February 2015, at the conclusion of Pennsylvania's first gynecomastia trial. (Case No. A-196444) A month later, another jury declined to award a second plaintiff any damages, after they were unable to conclude that Risperdal had caused his breast growth. However, jurors did find that the safety warnings provided to patients and doctors were inadequate. (Case No. 130301803)
A third Pennsylvania Risperdal plaintiff emerged victorious in November 2015, when he was awarded $1.75 million (later reduced the verdict to $680,000). (Case No. 130401990) The following month, a fourth gynecomastia trial ended with a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $500,000. (Case No. 130401984)
Risperdal patients who allegedly developed gynecomastia connected with its use may be eligible to file their own lawsuit. To find out more, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP by visiting the Firm's website, or by calling 800-511-5092.
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