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Philadelphia, PAThe latest and largest Risperdal award is the fifth instance where juries have found that Johnson & Johnson did not provide adequate warning of Risperdal risks to doctors and patients.

Andrew Yount was awarded $70 million last week by a Philadelphia jury. The Tennessee boy started taking Risperdal in 2003 when he was just five years old and developed gynecomastia (male breast growth) just one year after taking the anti-psychotic medication.

According to Jason Itkin, Yount’s attorney, damaging testimony against Johnson & Johnson, particularly by Yount’s father convinced the jury that the giant drug company intentionally falsified, concealed or destroyed evidence. Itkin and other attorneys representing Yount argued that Janssen, a subsidiary of J&J, knew about the link between Risperdal and gynecomastia yet decided to withhold that information. Yount’s attorneys provided Janssen’s internal documents that showed it purposely limited the medical community’s understanding of the risks associated with Risperdal.

Itkin told the Pennsylvania Record that “all the cases rise and fall on the specific facts of the case,” which is indeed good news for more than approximately 1,500 Risperdal cases still pending. Itkin also noted that this award, and the largest to date, means attorneys are learning how to maximize their clients’ recoveries.

To date there have been four Risperdal cases tried to verdict. Three have resulted in verdicts in favor of the injured plaintiff in the amount of $2.5 Million, $1.75 Million, and $500,000. A fifth case ended with some jurors saying there was not enough evidence to directly link Risperdal as the cause of gynecomastia, although they unanimously agreed that J&J should have warned the public that its drug could lead to excessive breast growth.

J & J and Janssen argue that this amount “is entirely out of step with any reasonable analysis of actual damages suffered by the plaintiff, and that millions of Risperdal patients have reaped significant benefits from their use of the medication,” according to Injury Lawyer News. Indeed J&J has made millions of dollars from this medication. Perhaps $70 million isn’t much to pay for damaging a boy’s life.

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I was on Risperdol for BPD. It's documented that my hair turned afro-like.
I had lots of side affects, finally stopped taking it
I was diagnosed with pre diabetes soon after. What should I do? I'm extremely ill, can't afford legal help.

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I was prescribed Risperdal for a few years the problem I had was it caused Parkinson's effects or Parkinson-ism these effects went away after about a year off the medication but I was told by my Neurologist that is unusual that once the bad effect like that happens at my age it normally does not change although most of the bad effects have left I did spend quite some time wondering if I would ever get better or if I had Parkinson's for the rest of my Life. I did get a call about the class action suit and when they learned my age I was told they would be in contact with me later but I have not heard anything at all.

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