A 20 year old male from Alabama was awarded $2.5 million dollars in damages by a Philadelphia jury in February 2015. Austin Pledger, had grown size 46DD breasts and gained 100 pounds as a result of taking Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug. Pledger is autistic, and was prescribed Risperdal to him to help deal with schizophrenic episodes.
Risperdal is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutica, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. At one time Risperdal was Johnson and Johnson’s best selling drug, generating $24.2 billion in worldwide sales between 2003 and 2010. Drug manufacturers have the duty warn users of the medication’s potential side effects. This is commonly done with a warning label on the bottle or a disclaimer that is handed out at the same time a pharmacist dispenses the prescription. Sometimes a pharmacist may even verbally warn users of the side effects when handing over the prescription. Drug commercials are notorious for listing potential side effects at the end, which sound worse than the actual illness it’s supposed to cure.