Pa. Judge Axes Latest Risperdal Breast-Growth Case Mid-Trial

Law360, Philadelphia (April 17, 2017, 5:52 PM EDT) -- A Johnson & Johnson unit notched a victory on Monday as a Pennsylvania state judge issued a mid-trial decision nixing claims that an adolescent boy grew female breasts after being prescribed the antipsychotic drug Risperdal to treat symptoms of autism.

Judge Kenneth Powell in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas granted a motion for compulsory nonsuit after weighing arguments from Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. that Dean Hibbs had been improperly diagnosed with gynecomastia — a potential side effect of Risperdal characterized by the abnormal growth of female breast tissue in men — based solely on photographs provided to an expert witness....

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