A man in Texas has brought a Risperdal lawsuit to Pennsylvania state court after allegedly developing gynecomastia, or male breast growth, after taking the anti-psychotic medication.
According to court records, the case was filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on September 20th by a man who took the atypical antipsychotic drug for three years. Manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, the medication is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults and children ages 10 to 17. In an increasing amount of cases, research shows that Risperdal has also been prescribed to treat ADHD.
The recently-filed case seeks compensation for the physical, psychological and emotional injuries allegedly incurred by the plaintiff, whose Risperdal gynecomastia suit also includes claims related to weight gain and pre-diabetes.
Aside from the case filed in September, several other Risperdal lawsuits have surfaced in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. A Bloomberg.com report from October 2012 indicates that Johnson & Johnson reportedly agreed to settle five claims over the medication, several of which alleging the need for mastectomies and or liposuction to repair Risperdal gynecomastia complications.
Pain, swelling, tenderness and/or nipple discharge in one or both breasts may be experienced by men suffering from Risperdal gynecomastia.
A study published in a 2006 issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology showed that some children who took Risperdal for the above conditions experienced heightened levels of prolactin, a hormone associated with breast development in young women and new mothers. Three years later, research published in the Journal of Adolescent Psychopharmacology found that elevated levels of prolactin in Risperdal patients may last for up to two years. Some Risperdal cases have shown cases of men with gynecomastia growing breasts as large as D cups. Men have also reported unexpected milk production, or galactorrhoea.
File a Risperdal lawsuit with an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today in the event that you or a man you love developed gynecomastia, or male breast growth following prolonged use of the medication. Contact the Firm for more information about seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. The Firm can be reached at .