A woman in Louisiana has filed a Risperdal lawsuit seeking compensation for injury-related damages incurred by her 13-year old son, who grew breasts after taking the antipsychotic.
The case was filed in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana on November 25th, and alleges complications associated with male breast growth, a condition referred to as gynecomastia. The lawsuit accuses Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, of failing to properly warn about this and other side effects of Risperdal, a drug they claim to have been designed defectively by its manufacturers. Risperdal gynecomastia side effects can manifest in tender and swollen breasts, lactation and other serious health issues that often require surgical treatment to alleviate. Breasts that grow out of this condition have been reported as large as 38D cups, according to a recent article.
Risperdal lawsuits alleging gynecomastia and other complications have now been consolidated in Pennsylvania state court, where they have been centralized in a state litigation underway in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In addition to claims of gynecomastia, plaintiffs in cases involving the medication accuse its manufacturers of engaging in marketing practices that promoted the drug for off-label uses.
These allegations are not just common to product liability claims, though. They were also included in charges filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, who alleged Johnson & Johnson and Janssen’s promotion of Risperdal and other medications for uses not approved by the FDA. In the case of the antipsychotic, this included their marketing to elderly patients with dementia and children, before they were cleared for pediatric uses. Right now, the drug is approved to treat adults and adolescents with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as children with autistic disorder. The companies agreed to settle claims filed by the federal government for $2.2 billion in November 2013, but refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing in their marketing practices.
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