Risperdal and breast growth are at issue in lawsuits that have resulted in $4.75 million being awarded to men who have sued the drug’s maker. Cases allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn about risks associated with taking the drug. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to pursue claims for compensation with the help of a Risperdal lawsuit attorney.
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More Than 1,600 Risperdal and Breast Growth Lawsuits Pending Against Drug Maker
Plaintiffs who alleged that they suffered from gynecomastia, or the development of enlarged breast tissue, after taking the medication Risperdal have been awarded nearly $4.75 million in damages in three of the first four trials involving these allegations. In all but one of these early cases, juries found that the drug’s manufacturer was negligent in failing to provide adequate warning about the link between Risperdal and breast growth.
The Pennsylvania Record reports that the lawsuits alleged that Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to disclose the risks associated with Risperdal to patients and that the company was negligent for failing to warn patients that Risperdal was allegedly associated with gynecomastia.
More than 1,600 similar lawsuits, which claim that Risperdal use led to elevated levels of a hormone that causes breast tissue development, are presently pending against Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Plaintiffs in most of these cases have not been permitted to seek punitive damages. However, the results of the early trials, which have yielded two settlements exceeding $1 million, suggest that some plaintiffs might still be eligible to recover significant damages, the website reported.
Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation
Drug manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are accompanied by full and accurate instructions and warnings to guide prescribing doctors and other health care providers in making treatment decisions. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Patients who are injured by Risperdal may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
Patients who have suffered severe side effects after taking Risperdal are encouraged to seek the advice of a Risperdal lawyer to learn more about their rights and remedies. However, no cases are alike, and past recoveries do not influence the outcomes of future cases.
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