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Plaintiff Awarded $2.5 Million in First Risperdal Bellwether Trial

A jury has awarded Austin Pledger $2.5 million after deciding that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn about the risk of gynecomastia associated with Risperdal.

A jury has awarded Austin Pledger $2.5 million after deciding that drugmaker Johnson & Johnson failed to warn about the risk of gynecomastia associated with Risperdal (generic: risperidone), an antipsychotic medication the plaintiff took for autism.

Free Risperdal Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by Risperdal, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Johnson & Johnson and we can help.

Risperdal Verdict Spells Trouble for J&J

According to the lawsuit, Pledger was first prescribed Risperdal in 2002, when he was seven years old. He used the drug until 2006, and allegedly developed size 44 DD breasts as a result. Risperdal was not approved for use in children at that time.

Johnson & Johnson “hid data from the FDA, prescribing doctors and parents. Documents showed they knew there was much higher percentage of children getting gynecomastia than they admitted,” according to the lawsuit (Case No. A-196444).

At the time of the verdict, there were more than 1,300 Risperdal Lawsuits pending in a multidistrict litigation in Pennsylvania (In Re: Risperdal Litigation, Case Number 100300296). All of the complaints were filed on behalf of individuals who allegedly developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal.

Risperdal Lawsuit Allegations

Gynecomastia Lawsuits accuse J&J of:
• Concealing risks associated with Risperdal;
• Failing to warn the public and medical communities about potential complications that could occur with its use;
• Illegally marketing Risperdal for off-label uses, and
• Concealing data indicating that Risperdal can elevate patients’ levels of prolactin, a hormone related to female breast growth and the development of gynecomastia in males.

Do I Have a Risperdal Lawsuit?

The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Risperdal lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Risperdal gynecomastia cases in all 50 states.

Free Risperdal Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Risperdal, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Risperdal injury suit and we can help.

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