The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Austin Pledger, a man from Alabama who was prescribed Risperdal “off-label” in 2002, when he was just eight years old. He soon developed gynecomastia, a condition that caused him to grow size 46DD breasts.
It was not until 2006 that the FDA approved Risperdal for the treatment of irritability associated with certain intellectual disabilities. However, the Justice Department accused Johnson & Johnson of targeting child psychiatrists and engaging in illegal “off-label” marketing. In 2013, the drug-maker agreed to pay $2.2 billion to resolve civil and criminal allegations.
Pledger’s pediatric neurologist was visited by sales representatives marketing Risperdal on at least 20 occasions. His doctor testified that he was not aware of the link between Risperdal and gynecomastia. Had he known, he would have warned Pledger’s family.
Meanwhile, a number of states have ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for improperly marketing Risperdal while failing to warn about side effects. Reuters reports that South Carolina’s Supreme Court slashed a $327 million judgement down to $136 million, citing state laws regarding statute of limitations.
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