A new study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology has confirmed a link between use of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal by boys and young men to abnormal male breast growth, or gynecomastia.
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What’s the problem?
The study, titled “Risperdal and Risk of Gynecomastia in Young Men”, looked at a group of 401,900 males between the ages of 15 and 25 from the IMS LifeLink database and identified a cohort of new gynecomastia cases. For each case, 10 controls were selected and matched to the cases by age, follow-up and calendar times.
Researchers identified 1556 cases of gynecomastia and 15,560 corresponding controls. Current Risperdal users had approximately 4x the risk of developing gynecomastia compared to non-users (RR=3.91, 95% CI=2.01–7.62). In children and adolescents (≤18 years of age) taking the drug, the gynecomastia risk was 5x higher than for non-users (RR=5.44, 95% CI=1.50–19.74).
“Our study showed a strong association between risperidone use and gynecomastia in young adult males,” the study’s authors concluded. “Clinicians who are prescribing risperidone to this demographic may need to consider this adverse event in their therapeutic decision-making process.”
Status of Risperdal Litigation
The study’s findings seem to support allegations raised in hundreds of product liability lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals over Risperdal. Most of these complaints are currently pending in a mass tort litigation in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Only 2 cases have gone to trial so far in that litigation, the first of which ended with a $2.5 million verdict in favor of the plaintiff. While a second jury found that Risperdal’s gynecomastia warnings were inadequate, the plaintiff was not awarded any damages because jurors could not conclude that the medication was the cause of his breast growth.
Do I Have a Risperdal Class Action Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Risperdal Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new gynecomastia cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Risperdal side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.