J&J Settles A Risperdal Lawsuit Claim As Male Plaintiff Alleges Breast Development
Written by Stephen Fields on January 8, 2015
Risperdal male breast development is no laughing matter, especially for the young men and boys who are coping with the problem. Known as gynecomastia, the disorder often has a negative psychological impact on those suffering from it. A growing number of families are learning this firsthand. Husbands, fathers, and sons using the antipsychotic drug Risperdal have reported growing breasts – in some cases, as large as a C or D-cup.
Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, Risperdal is often prescribed to young people to reduce manic behavior stemming from autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. It has shown to be effective in patients who are prone to violent outbursts that risk injury to themselves and others. However, as hundreds of families have reported, Risperdal therapy is not without a risk of serious side effects. Those side effects may include gynecomastia, a confusing and emotionally distressing condition.
No one understands that risk, as well as its humiliating outcome, better than Aaron Banks.
Johnson & Johnson Settles Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuit
Banks began taking Risperdal in 1999. He was 9 years old at the time, a fact worth noting since the medication had not been approved for use in children. He continued taking it until 2004, at which point his therapy with the drug was stopped.
In 2010, Banks filed a Risperdal lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. He alleged that his use of Risperdal had caused him to grow breasts and experience nipple discharge (spontaneous lactation). His lawsuit also noted that the condition caused him to suffer psychological trauma. He eventually needed to undergo surgery to have his excess breast tissue removed.
In his complaint, Banks accused Johnson & Johnson of failing to adequately warn consumers that using Risperdal might trigger abnormal breast growth in young men. His case was scheduled to be presented in court in September 2012. Before the date arrived, however, J&J moved to settle the case, offering Banks an undisclosed amount.
Adverse Psychological Impact Of Male Breast Growth
It’s important to underscore that breast growth in adolescent boys is not merely a cosmetic problem. It introduces emotional problems as well. While surgical intervention via mastectomy can resolve physical attributes associated with gynecomastia, it offers little to no solace for individuals reeling from the attendant self-esteem and mental health issues.
The medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery recently published a study detailing the psychological effects of Risperdal gynecomastia in young men. The authors noted that dozens of male subjects aged 12 to 21 who had been diagnosed with the disorder showed deficits in social functioning and self-esteem. As a result, they suffered from a lower quality of life compared to their unaffected peers.
In addition, the authors pointed out that gynecomastia, despite introducing serious emotional problems in young patients, is still largely considered a cosmetic disorder. As such, few insurance companies will reimburse families for its surgical correction. The authors contrasted the situation by noting that 85% of breast reduction procedures for young girls are covered by insurance.
Risperdal Gynecomastia Attorneys Are Reviewing Potential Claims
As details surrounding male breast growth and other serious Risperdal side effects in children continue to spread, more families than ever are contacting drug injury lawyers.
They’re understandably angered that Johnson & Johnson, along with its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, never gave them adequate warning that use of the medication might cause gynecomastia. Many claimants also accuse the drug makers of concealing the danger rather than informing the public about it.
Johnson & Johnson’s history of aggressive and inappropriate marketing with regard to Risperdal use has exposed countless families to harmful side effects. If you or your son has experienced abnormal breast growth after using the drug, you may be eligible to receive compensation.
Call our Risperdal lawsuit attorneys at 1-888-210-9968 at your earliest convenience.
The consultation is free, private, and without obligation. Find out today whether you can file a claim for compensation for you and your family, before the Risperdal claim filing deadline in your state.