A jury in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas has awarded the family of a Tennessee boy $70 million from the manufacturers of Risperdal for failing to warn doctors about the risks of the antipsychotic drug. The family's son, now 16 years old, was 5 years old when he developed breasts after taking the drug for several months. The jury found that Risperdal caused the boy's condition, which is known as gynecomastia.
Attorney Says Jury Believed Johnson & Johnson Concealed and Falsified Information
According to the plaintiff's attorney, the jury said yes to a question about whether the collective believed the company had falsified and concealed information. He said, "The people of Philadelphia clearly saw that Johnson & Johnson behaved irresponsibly in pushing their drug into the children's market before it could be thoroughly tested and approved, and behaved even more irresponsibly when they downplayed the risk of gynecomastia."
Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals to Appeal
According to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, they will appeal the verdict, saying that it is not "justified by the evidence" In a statement, Janssen also said that they "will seek a review by the trial court and the appellate court, if necessary." Janssen said that the jury heard evidence that the label approved by the Food and Drug Administration properly warned of possible side effects of Risperdal. In addition, the jury also heard that the plaintiff benefited from the drug.
Punitive Damages Not Allowed
The $70 million award does not include any punitive damages because an earlier ruling barred them in Risperdal lawsuits. That ruling is being appealed. Currently, there are around 1,500 Risperdal cases in mass tort proceedings in the Philadelphia court.
This verdict is much larger than some of the other verdicts handed down in other Risperdal mass tort cases in Philadelphia. The first trial saw a jury award of $2.5 billion. The second trial had no award as the jury didn't believe the drug was responsible for the plaintiff's harm. For the third trial, there was an award of $1.75 million. The fourth case had a verdict of a $500,000. There were a few Risperdal cases settled in 2012, although the settlement amount was confidential. Janssen also confidentially settled a case in May.
Have You Suffered Because of Taking Risperdal?
If you or a loved one have suffered from the side effects of Risperdal, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced Risperdal attorney can help you learn about your legal options.
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