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US J&J Hit With $8 Billion Jury Award Over Antipsychotic Drug

03:55  09 october  2019
03:55  09 october  2019 Source:   online.wsj.com

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $8B in Risperdal gynecomastia case

  Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $8B in Risperdal gynecomastia case Johnson & Johnson denounced the ruling. However, the drug company is facing thousands of cases over Risperdal's ties to breast growth.The drug company denounced the ruling against it and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, as "grossly disproportionate" and said in a statement it was confident the ruling would be overturned.

A separate jury awarded Murray .75 million in actual damages in 2015 on his claims the drug caused him to develop female breasts. J & J vowed to appeal the ruling and said the punitive award was excessive compared to the actual-damage figure. The drugmaker also faulted a judge’s refusal to

"A jury , if it's outrageous enough conduct, will award a big number and let the lawyers and judges work it out," he said. Tobias added that the verdict could Murray, like other male plaintiffs in the mass tort litigation over Risperdal, alleges that he developed breasts after being prescribed the medicine when

A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $8 billion in damages to a Maryland man who said his use of J&J’s antipsychotic Risperdal as a child caused enlarged breasts and the company failed to properly warn of this risk.

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It was the biggest award to date among more than 13,000 lawsuits against J&J alleging that Risperdal caused a condition called gynecomastia in boys, which involves enlargement of breast tissue. The lawsuits generally claim that J&J was aware of the risk of this side effect, but understated the risk to doctors.

It is also the latest in a series of costly legal setbacks for J&J in a slew of lawsuits alleging injuries from products and other claims. In August, an Oklahoma judge ordered the company to pay $572 million for contributing to the state’s opioid-addiction crisis.

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Johnson & Johnson must pay $ 8 billion in punitive damages to a man who previously won 0,000 over his claims that it failed to warn that young men using its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could grow breasts, a Philadelphia jury said on Tuesday. The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas jury 's verdict.

(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson must pay $ 8 billion in punitive damages to a man who previously won 0,000 The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas jury ’s verdict in favor of Nicholas Murray came in the first case in which a Pennsylvania jury had been able to consider awarding punitive damages in

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J&J has denied the allegations and is seeking to appeal the baby-powder and opioid decisions. Last week, J&J said it agreed to pay $20.4 million to settle lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties alleging the company helped spark the opioid epidemic; the company didn’t admit liability.

When ruling on appeals, judges often reduce jury punitive-damage awards.

The latest verdict stems from a lawsuit filed by Nicholas Murray, who said his use of Risperdal between 2003 and 2008 caused gynecomastia. In 2015, a Philadelphia jury awarded Mr. Murray $1.75 million in damages, which a judge reduced to $680,000, but the judge had barred the jury from awarding punitive damages at that time.

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Johnson & Johnson must pay $ 8 billion in punitive damages to a man who previously won 0,000 over his claims that it failed to warn that young men using its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could grow breasts, a Philadelphia jury J & J and a lawyer for Murray did not immediately comment on the verdict.

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An appeals court later overturned the judge’s decision on punitive damages, clearing the way for the punitive-damages phase of the trial to start in September, ending with Tuesday’s verdict.

J&J, based in New Brunswick, N.J., said in a statement Tuesday it will immediately move “to set aside this excessive and unfounded verdict.” The company said the amount was “grossly disproportionate” to the initial compensatory award of $680,000, and it is confident the verdict will be overturned.

J&J said it was precluded from presenting a meaningful defense due to the court’s exclusion of key evidence, and that the prescribing label for Risperdal properly outlined its risks.

Mr. Murray’s lawyers, Thomas Kline and Jason Itkin, said in a statement that the jury “resoundingly told Johnson & Johnson that its actions were deliberate and malicious.”

Risperdal, which treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability associated with autism, was one of J&J’s highest-selling products before losing its U.S. patent exclusivity in 2008.

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Murray, like other male plaintiffs in the mass tort litigation over Risperdal, alleges that he developed breasts after being prescribed the medicine, which Plaintiffs claim that J & J failed to warn of the risk of gynecomastia, the development of enlarged breasts in males, associated with Risperdal, which they

Risperdal and similar antipsychotic drugs have been linked to increased risk of strokes and death in elderly dementia patients, seizures, weight gain and diabetes. The 12-person jury deliberated for three hours Tuesday before deciding in favor of the state. Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said

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