February 12, 2015 — A man from Jefferson County, Texas has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for gynecomastia he developed after taking Risperdal.
The Southeast Texas Record reports that the lawsuit was filed in November by Jacoby Moore.
According to the complaint, Moore was just 7 years old when he was prescribed Risperdal for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Risperdal is a powerful anti-psychotic medication that was only approved for adults with schizophrenia at the time. It has never been approved for the treatment of ADHD. The only FDA-approved use in children (aged 5-16 years) is the treatment of irritability associated with autistic disorders.
Moore alleges the drug caused him to develop enlarged breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia, which resulted in long-lasting emotional problems and other complications.
The lawsuit accuses Johnson & Johnson of negligence for marketing Risperdal to physicians for the treatment of children, despite a lack of approval from the FDA. In November 2013, the Justice Department reached a $2.2 billion settlement for illegal marketing of several drugs, including Risperdal in children with ADHD.
According to the settlement announcement:
“Janssen instructed its sales representatives to call on child psychiatrists, as well as mental health facilities that primarily treated children, and to market Risperdal as safe and effective for symptoms of various childhood disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.”
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