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Philadelphia County, PA

In this recent Risperdal verdict, a man sued after developing gynecomastia after taking Risperdal. The case was taken to verdict in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The plaintiff, Austin P., was off-label prescribed Risperdal at eight years old to manage symptoms associated with autism. He remained on the drug for approximately five years. In ________, Risperdal was approved by the FDA for the treatment of adult schizophrenia. In October ________, it was approved by the FDA for the treatment of irritability associated with autistic disorder in children and adolescents. As a result of taking Risperdal, the plaintiff developed size 46-DD breasts.

In April ________, the plaintiff filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and other entities, which were later dismissed due to non-involvement. The plaintiff accused the defendants of failing to provide an adequate warning about of the dangers associated with their product – notably the gynecomastia. The plaintiff sought recovery of non-economic damages at trial. The defendants denied having withheld information regarding the dangers of their product.

At trial, the plaintiff argued that the defendants had known for years that their drug elevated the hormone, prolactin, which causes breast growth, greater than any other drug in its class, and that there was a statistically significant association between elevated prolactin levels and the development of gynecomastia in boys who took Risperdal.The jury (11-1) found that the defendants negligently failed to warn plaintiff’s family and his prescribing physician of the risks of gynecomastia, and awarded $________ in non-economic damages.

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