Risperdal Class Action LawyerOctober 18, 2017 — A man who developed gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue) after taking the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal as a child has been awarded $1 million in compensation by a jury in New York.

The federal jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York awarded compensation to Shaquil Byrd after finding Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, liable for failing to warn about the risk of gynecomastia.

Byrd is an adult who was prescribed Risperdal when he was a child, between the years 2001 through 2008. He developed enlarged breast tissue, hyper-prolactinemia, and began lactating. Treatment involved multiple surgeries to remove and reduce the size of his breast tissue.

Byrd was awarded $1 million in compensation for his medical expenses, pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement, and more.

Risperdal (risperidone) is known to elevate levels of the hormone prolactin in boys, which can trigger the growth of glandular breast tissue and milk production. At the time Boyd used Risperdal, the FDA had not approved it for any uses in children.

In November 2013, Janssen and Johnson & Johnson paid a $2.2 billion civil and criminal settlement with the Justice Department to resolve accusations that the drug-makers intentionally marketed Risperdal for unapproved uses in children, elderly adults, and people with intellectual disabilities.

The lawsuit (PDF) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York — Shaquil Byrd v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al.Case No. 14-820.

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