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

18:35  09 october  2019
18:35  09 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $ 8 billion in punitive damages in a case where a man said the drug company didn't warn that an antipsychotic drug could lead to breast The drug Risperdal is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability associated with autistic disorder.

Johnson and Johnson is already entangled in other high-profile lawsuits stemming from other products, such Topline: A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday said that Johnson & Johnson must pay $ 8 billion in Risperdal is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability arising from autism.

Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $8 billion in punitive damages in a case where a man said the drug company didn't warn that an antipsychotic drug could lead to breast growth in boys, a Philadelphia jury ruled Tuesday.

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.

The drug Risperdal is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability associated with autistic disorder. However, Johnson & Johnson is facing thousands of lawsuits claiming the drug is linked with abnormal breast growth in males, known as gynecomastia, and that the company did not adequately warn of those risks.

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A Philadelphia jury has ordered healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $ 8 billion in damages to a Maryland man who developed female breast tissue The decision is significant in that thousands of more cases against the pharmaceutical giant concerning Risperdal are waiting to be tried.

A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday said that Johnson & Johnson (J&J) must pay $ 8 billion in punitive damages to a man over his claims that a Plaintiffs claim that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn of the risk of gynecomastia (the development of enlarged breasts in males) associated with Risperdal

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Attorneys for plaintiff Nicholas Murray, 26, said in a statement that Johnson & Johnson put "profits over patients" and made billions of dollars illegally marketing the drug and promoting off-label use, meaning a doctor prescribes medication for a use not approved by the FDA but deemed medically appropriate.

"This jury, as have other juries in other litigations, once again imposed punitive damages on a corporation that valued profits over safety," attorneys Tom Kline and Jason Itkin said in a statement. "Johnson & Johnson and Janssen chose billions over children."

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Johnson & Johnson has long been accused of downplaying certain risks in its marketing of the He said that he grew breasts — a condition known as gynecomastia — after he began using Risperdal in 2003, at age 9 In 2013, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay .2 billion in criminal and civil fines

Johnson & Johnson said it would challenge the "grossly disproportionate" award. Gynecomastia - Breast growth in men. The case is one of thousands against Johnson & Johnson and its The US Food and Drug Administration approved Risperdal in 1993 for treating schizophrenia and episodes of

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However, Johnson & Johnson said the jury did not hear key evidence that the drug's label outlined the risks and also provided benefits to patients with mental illness.

"We will be immediately moving to set aside this excessive and unfounded verdict," the company said in its statement.

Murray, who was first prescribed Risperdal off-label in 2003 to treat problems associated with autism, had already been awarded $680,000, but had been barred from seeking punitive damages in the case, Reuters reported.

Johnson & Johnson's home state of New Jersey prohibits punitive damages, but a Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled in 2018 that laws in plaintiffs' home states should apply, the news agency reported.

The verdict could be overturned in appeal given that the punitive damages awarded far exceeded the compensatory damages, University of Richmond School of Law Carl Tobias told Reuters.

"A jury, if it's outrageous enough conduct, will award a big number and let the lawyers and judges work it out," he told the news agency.

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow USA TODAY's Ryan Miller on Twitter @RyanW_Miller

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