Risperdal Lawsuit Filed Over 22-Year-Old Man's Gynecomastia Side Effects

Risperdal Breast Growth Suit

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Risperdal Lawsuit Filed Over 22-Year-Old Man’s Gynecomastia Side Effects

Another young man has brought a complaint against J&J alleging that the company’s Risperdal antipsychotic causes breast growth in boys.

A California man recently filed a Risperdal lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, alleging that side effects of the antipsychotic drug caused him to develop gynecomastia, a condition characterized by abnormal breast growth in males. The complaint was brought by 22-year-old Benjamin A. Verkest and his mother Lori L. McKee-Callanan in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on January 16, and represents one of several hundred Risperdal lawsuits pending in state and federal courts involving gynecomastia side effects in men. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of Risperdal, contact an experienced Risperdal lawyer today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a complaint against Johnson & Johnson, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries.

Potential Side Effects of Risperdal

Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen subsidiary are facing hundreds of Risperdal complaints alleging that the drug companies concealed information from consumers and medical professionals about the risk of gynecomastia side effects associated with the antipsychotic drug. In some cases, plaintiffs claim that boys using Risperdal developed breasts as large as a 38D cup size, and surgery is often required to remove the breast tissue. In addition to the physical consequences associated with male breast growth, research suggests that gynecomastia can also cause adverse psychological effects among affected boys, ultimately impacting their overall quality of life.

According to allegations raised in Verkest’s Risperdal lawsuit, he took the atypical antipsychotic as a child from 1997 to 2001, and he claims that side effects of the antipsychotic caused him to suffer diabetes, weight gain, impaired thinking and motor skills, hyperglycemia, damage to his sexual and endocrine functions, and other serious medical problems. Verkest also claims that his abnormal breast growth resulted in psychological side effects as well, including anxiety, embarrassment and difficulty concentrating. In his complaint, Verkest is suing for negligence, failure to warn, breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation, false advertising, fraudulent concealment, and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Contact a Qualified Risperdal Attorney Today

In September 2012, Johnson & Johnson agreed to a settlement in a Risperdal lawsuit filed by a 21-year-old man who claimed that gynecomastia side effects linked the antipsychotic drug caused him to suffer major psychological trauma and required that he undergo surgery to have the breasts removed. Shortly after the Risperdal settlement was announced, agreements were reached to resolve Risperdal lawsuits filed on behalf of at least five other boys who claimed that they experienced abnormal breast growth after taking Risperdal. If you took Risperdal in the past and you have since suffered from gynecomstia or another life-altering side effect, contact a product liability lawyer today to discuss the possibility of filing a Risperdal lawsuit against drug maker Johnson & Johnson.

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