Texas Risperdal LawyerNovember 9, 2015 — Law360 reports that a jury in Pennsylvania has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $1.75 million to the family of a boy who grew breasts after taking Risperdal.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Nicholas Murray, a boy from Maryland. He was prescribed Risperdal in 2003, when he was just 9 years old, after his mother told a pediatrician he was having difficulty sleeping.

At the time, Risperdal was only approved for adults with schizophrenia. It wasn’t until October 2006 that the FDA approved it for treating adolescents with irritability associated with certain intellectual disabilities.

Murray continued taking Risperdal until 2008. By then he had developed gynecomastia, a disfiguring condition that causes growth of female breasts. His attorneys accuse J&J of negligence for marketing Risperdal “off-label” for children and failing to warn about gynecomastia.

They say scientists at J&J were aware that Risperdal spikes levels of prolactin, a pregnancy hormone that can cause gynecomastia in boys. The label on Risperdal has been updated to warn that 2.3% of children taking it develop gynecomastia, though some studies push the risk as high as 12.5%.

Murray’s case is the fourth Risperdal lawsuit to reach a jury verdict. In February, a jury ordered J&J to pay $2.5 million to the family of Austin Pledger. In March, a jury found that warnings were inadequate but did not award damages. In October, a third trial opened in Philadelphia and is still ongoing.

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