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Risperdal Settlement Awards $2.5 Million to Man with Gynecomastia

Steve Wagner

We’ve brought to you before the dangers of the drug Risperdal (also generic, Risperdone), and this drug continues to cause problems for adolescent male users. The drug is marketed as an antipsychotic, and is also used as mood regulating drug for patients with autism. However, the subsidiary company of Johnson & Johnson that manufactures the drug, neglected to properly label and warn about the drugs high content of the hormone Prolactin.

Prolactin, in high levels, can cause a condition known as gynecomastia, which is the growth of breast tissue in males. For many adolescents who have taken the drug for prolonged periods of time, gynecomastia has become a life-altering reality. For one boy, the only remaining option he has is a full mastectomy to remove the breast tissue he has grown that is now the size of a 46DD measurement.

This young man, Austin Pledger, a 20-year-old Alabama resident who deals with autism, has been on Risperdal since he was eight. When he was first prescribed Risperdal back in 2002, the drug was not yet FDA approved, and the manufacturing company, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, said the drug had a “low” risk for gynecomastia. When the drug received FDA approval later in 2006, it was then labeled with a high risk for gynecomastia, despite the fact that thousands of patients had been taking the drug for years under the assumption that the risk was low.

Now at age 20, Austin Pledger is left with two options: to live with the abnormal breast tissue growth or to undergo major surgery to have the tissue removed by mastectomy. Pledger’s family, along with over 1200 others who have taken the drug, brought a lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Pledger was just awarded $2.5 million in a settlement from the suit. The others are still awaiting settlement, but this record case against Janssen Pharmaceuticals certainly sets a precedent for other adversely affected by Risperdal.

If you or a loved one has suffered adverse symptoms as a result of the drug Risperdal or Risperdone, the drug injury attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in your recovery and help you get back on your feet both physically and financially. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.


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