Yes, depending on the facts, your son may have the right to sue for breast growth (gynecomastia) allegedly caused by Risperdal. This means your son (even if he is an adult now) could file a personal injury lawsuit for compensation, including amounts for the following:
- Psychological trauma of growing breasts; and/or
- Surgery to remove tissue, including mastectomy.
Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug that has been associated with breast growth in boys. It is made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (JPI) of Titusville, New Jersey, a unit of Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Your son may have a case if he was prescribed Risperdal for treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, irritability (children with autism), ADHD (off-label use) or another health problem.
New Study Connects Risperdal to Breast Growth
A new medical study has associated the development of breasts (large mammary glands) in males and the use of risperidone, the active ingredient in Risperdal. The study, published in Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology (August 6), found that 27 out of 174 men exposed to risperidone developed large breasts within 60 days. The study looked at health records of more than 82,000 men ages 40 to 85 years old.
Although this study involved men over 40, it is more evidence that Risperdal causes abnormal breast growth (gynecomastia).
Lawsuits Filed and Settled
Lawsuits against J&J and Janssen have been filed, and some have settled. This means your son has a limited amount of time to file his lawsuit and get compensation.
Our lawyers help children get compensation for personal injuries from medical products. In most of these cases, a parent sues the company on behalf of the child. Money won for the child is put in a trust account for the child. In many cases, the parents also have claims for medical expenses, lost income and other losses.
The first lawsuit against J&J and Janssen for gynecomastia was filed on behalf of Aaron Banks, an adult who had taken Risperdal as a child. His lawsuit (and those that followed) alleged the product labeling did not sufficiently warn patients, their parents and doctors about the risk of gynecomastia. Mr. Banks lawsuit was settled right before trial.
“These lawsuits allege boys and older males grew large breasts after taking Risperdal,” says Fred Pritzker. He recently won $45,000,000.00 for clients injured by another medical product manufactured by another company. “These lawsuits provide a way for J&J and Janssen to be held accountable for the harm caused.”