_109159594_gettyimages-1164571026 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay man $8bn over breast development

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US drug agency Johnson & Johnson has been instructed to pay $8bn (£6.6bn) in punitive damages to a person over claims he was not warned that an antipsychotic drug may result in breast development.

A Philadelphia jury made the award to Nicholas Murray, 26, whose case was considered one of 1000’s pending within the state.

His attorneys argued that J&J subsidiary Janssen put “earnings over sufferers” in advertising the drug Risperdal.

J&J will enchantment the ruling, which it stated was “grossly disproportionate”.

The US big can also be dealing with courtroom challenges over vaginal mesh implants and child powder allegedly tainted with asbestos. That is along with an ongoing authorized battle over its function within the US opioid dependancy disaster.

Earlier this yr, the corporate was ordered to pay $572m for its half in fuelling Oklahoma’s opioid dependancy disaster. It just lately agreed to a $20.4m settlement with two counties within the US state of Ohio over claims it fuelled the disaster there.

The corporate’s mounting authorized payments have precipitated concern amongst some buyers, however its earnings have remained sturdy.

In Risperdal lawsuit stated Mr Murray developed breasts after his docs started prescribing him the drug in 2003. A psychologist prescribed the drug after diagnosing him with autism spectrum dysfunction.

Risperdal is authorised for the therapy of schizophrenia and bipolar dysfunction, however docs can legally prescribe drugs for any situation they see match.

The corporate stated it’s assured the ruling might be overturned, and stated the courtroom prevented their authorized crew from presenting “key proof” on the drug’s labelling.

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J&J is dealing with a sequence of complaints in state courts for failing to correctly warn of Risperdal’s negative effects, together with in Pennsylvania, California and Missouri.

A jury in 2015 awarded Mr Murray $1.75m after discovering the corporate was negligent in failing to warn shoppers of the dangers.

A state appeals courtroom upheld the decision in final yr, however lowered it to $680,000.