Within months, he started rising female breasts, which is a uncommon situation.
“Gynecomastia is a permanent condition and it involves the development of female breast tissue,” stated Byrd’s lawyer Luke Malamood.
Byrd stated his classmates teased him relentlessly.
“It can really like mess up how you view yourself and how you view the world,” Byrd stated.
Byrd had his breasts eliminated three years in the past.
Several months later, his household satisfied him to sue the drug’s producers, Johnson and Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
Malamood accused the drug makers of hiding Risperdal’s uncomfortable side effects from docs.
“Prescribing doctors with the best intentions aren’t able to fully do their job and really consider the risks and benefits of a drug if they don’t know accurately what the risks are,” Malamood stated.
Last week a federal jury in Syracuse dominated in Byrd’s favor, awarding him a million dollars.
Byrd’s attorneys argued a few of the firm’s personal research present at the least 1 out of 20 youngsters — or four.eight % of adolescents who take Risperdal can develop gynecomastia.
In a press release a spokesperson for Janssen stated, “Contrary to the impression the plaintiffs’ attorneys have attempted to create over the course of this litigation, RISPERDAL® (risperidone) is an important FDA-approved medicine that, when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, continues to help millions of patients with mental illnesses and neurodevelopmental conditions.”
Byrd seeks remedy for melancholy and he’s planning begin school quickly.
He stated testifying through the trial gave him closure and helped him develop self-love.
“I feel like I have a new beginning like I can be who I am with caring about whose going to judge me,” Byrd stated.
There are hundreds of comparable lawsuits involving Risperdal nationwide.
Many have been settled.
Many others are nonetheless being litigated.
Byrd’s case is the primary outdoors of Philadelphia by which a choice has been reached in favor of the plaintiff.