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US News Man awarded £6.6bn over breast growth caused by drugs

13:15  09 october  2019
13:15  09 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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US drug firm Johnson & Johnson has been told to pay bn ( £ 6 . 6 bn ) in punitive damages to a man over claims he was not warned that an antipsychotic drug could lead to breast growth . A Philadelphia jury made the award to Nicholas Murray, 26, whose case was one of thousands pending in the state.

US drug firm Johnson & Johnson has been told to pay bn ( £ 6 . 6 bn ) in punitive damages to a man over claims he was not warned that an antipsychotic drug could lead to breast growth . A Philadelphia jury made the award to Nicholas Murray, 26, whose case was one of thousands pending in the state.

Johnson & Johnson is set to appeal the award on several grounds © Getty Johnson & Johnson is set to appeal the award on several grounds US drug firm Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been told to pay $8bn (£6.6bn) in punitive damages to a man over claims he was not warned that an antipsychotic drug he was prescribed could lead to breast growth.

A jury in Philadelphia made the award to 26-year old Nicholas Murray, whose case was the first of thousands pending in the state.

His legal team argued that J&J and its subsidiary Janssen chose "profits over patients" relating to the drug Risperdal, which he was given by his doctor while a child in 2003.

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The US Food and Drug Administration approved the anti-psychotic drug in late 1993 for treating Johnson and Johnson immediately denounced Murray's £ 6 billion award after the jury's decision in the It can affect one or both breasts . Gynaecomastia can be caused by an imbalance between the

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Mr Murray said J&J failed to warn of the risk of gynecomastia, the development of enlarged breasts in males, alleging the company wrongly marketed it for use by children.

The $8bn award was on top of initial compensation of $680,000 (£557,000) handed over in the case.

Mr Murray's lawyers said in a statement: "This jury, as have other juries in other litigations, once again imposed punitive damages on a corporation that valued profits over safety and profits over patients.

a close up of a bottle: J&J has denied cancer links to its baby powder © Reuters J&J has denied cancer links to its baby powder

"Johnson & Johnson and Janssen chose billions over children."

J&J said the award was "grossly disproportionate" with the initial compensation in the case, adding it was "confident it will be overturned" on appeal as jurors had been prevented from hearing evidence of Risperdal's benefits.

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J&J said the award was “grossly disproportionate with the initial compensatory award in this case, and the company is confident it will be overturned.” It added that the jury in the case had not been allowed to hear evidence of Risperdal’s benefits. Plaintiffs claim that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn of the risk

The plaintiffs claim that Risperdal causes gynaecomastia, or swelling of breast tissue in men , by activating They also claimed that the company pushed the drug to be used “off label” in children. J&J said the award was “grossly disproportionate” with the initial compensation and it would move to

The company is no stranger to high profile cases over the the wellbeing of people using its products.

Courts across the US have rubber-stamped payouts worth £40bn to date to people who claimed asbestos, in Johnson & Johnson baby powder for decades, was responsible for their cancers.

Professor Carl Tobias, of the University of Richmond School of Law, told Reuters news agency he expected the punitive damages awarded to Mr Murray by jurors to be reduced on appeal.

He cited a US Supreme Court decision which found that "few awards exceeding a single-digit ratio between punitive and compensatory damages, to a significant degree, will satisfy due process."

He added that the verdict could be a sign that J&J will face more large damages awards in other Risperdal cases.

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