$8 Billion Award in Risperdal Lawsuit

A lawsuit over the antipsychotic drug Risperdal has led to an $8 billion punitive damages award against Johnson Johnson and one of its subsidiaries.

The award was handed out Tuesday by a Philadelphia jury. The plaintiff’s attorneys argued that the drug is linked to abnormal growth of female breast tissue in boys, the Associated Press reported.

In a statement, attorneys Tom Kline and Jason Itkin said Johnson Johnson used an organized scheme to make billions of dollars while illegally marketing and promoting the drug.

Johnson Johnson said the award is “excessive and unfounded” and that it would take immediate action to overturn it, the AP reported.

Article source: https://www.webmd.com/drug-medication/news/20191009/8-billion-award-in-risperdale-lawsuit?src=RSS_PUBLIC

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