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Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic drug known to cause gynecomastia. If you, or a loved one, have taken Risperdal and you have developed breasts, contact an attorney from the right away; you may be entitled to compensation. Fill out the contact form on this page, or call 1-800- 917-4000 to schedule your free initial consultation.

What is Risperdal?

In 1993 there was a breakthrough in the treatment of schizophrenia by the company Janssen Pharmaceuticals (parent company: Johnson & Johnson). Until this time there were only typical antipsychotics (these normally just block the dopamine receptors) and one atypical that had such serious side effects that it was rarely prescribed. The drug, initially developed to treat psychosis experienced by adults with schizophrenia became so popular and effective that many doctors went off label when prescribing it. In fact, the drug was not even prescribed to juveniles until the year 2003.

First Lawsuits Against Risperdal

Six years after Risperdal found FDA approval to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia in adults, Aaron Banks started using the drug. He was 9 years old at the time. Over the course of the next five years he continued to take the drug even though the drug was not approved for use in juvenile (ages 10 – 17) until the year 2003. As a result, Aaron suffered from the disorder gynecomastia. The drug use caused him to develop breasts that later would be removed surgically.

At the age of 21 Aaron filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson due to the physical harm and psychological trauma that he suffered from the gynecomastia. As a teenage boy he grew breasts leading to bullying, shaming, and shunning. On the first day of the trial, before the case could even go to court, Johnson & Johnson settled with the company paying as much as $2.2 billion in damages.

While Aaron Banks’ lawsuit is known for being the most famous, and the strangest due to the immediate settlement, it is not the only suit that is facing the pharmaceutical giant. Johnson & Johnson have been settling cases in a multitude of states, paying as much as $181 million to plaintiffs in 36 different states due to misleading advertising and also off-label uses (uses for treatment not approved by the FDA). For example, in June 2011 a judge in South Carolina found the company to be misleading in their advertising. April 2012 saw a judge in Arkansas ruling the same thing.

Profitable Drug

Johnson & Johnson is the largest drug company in the world, with sales in 2012 being over $67 billion. The drug Risperdal has certainly brought in an abundance of that money; sales in 2007 (for this one drug) were $4.5 billion. While the drug does help level out the thinking patterns of those afflicted by mental illness, it does at a great price to many individuals taking the drugs.

Contact Phillips Dayes

The physical effects of gynecomastia can be hidden with surgery. The psychological scars of being a boy with breasts may never go away. If you, or a loved one, have suffered from gynecomastia after using Risperdal, you may be entitled to compensation. Fill out the form on this page, or call 1-800-917-4000 to schedule your free initial consultation with a dangerous drug attorney from the Phillips Dayes Law Group.

Phillips Dayes attorneys can work with clients in all 50 states.

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