An Alabama man who grew enormous chi-chis after taking an antipsychotic drug as a boy was awarded $2.5 million in damages in a Philadelphia court yesterday against the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary that makes the drug!
A Common Pleas jury concluded that Austin Pledger, now 20, “was not adequately warned” that he would grow size 46DD breasts as a side effect of using Risperdal, produced by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, according to his lawyer, Thomas Kline.
“This trial is important publicly,” Kline told the Daily News yesterday, “because it provided for the first time a public window into the real risks of this drug.”
At the time, Risperdal was not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in children – Pledger, who has autism, was 8 years old when the prescription was written – and its label reported that the risk of gynecomastia, a condition that causes men to grow female breasts, was low, according to Kline.
However, in 2006, the FDA approved Risperdal’s use as a schizophrenic aid for children and issued new label information that said the drug contained high levels of prolactin, a hormone that promotes breast growth, Kline said.
Wow. Do you know how many girls in LA would kill for a set of brand new 46DD tits and a cold 2.5 million dollars!?