Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay Man $8 Billion Over Breast Growth

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $8 billion in punitive damages to a man over claims he was not warned that an anti-psychotic drug could lead to breast growth.

A Philadelphia jury made the award to 26-year-old Nicholas Murray who claimed he was prescribed Risperdal at the age of nine for symptoms related to autism spectrum disorder.   Murray says taking the drug caused him to develop breasts.

Murray is one of the thousands of others who filed a complaint against the company alleging the same.

The company is also facing a string of lawsuits over its baby powder which was allegedly tainted with asbestos.

In August, the U.S. giant was ordered to pay $572 million after an Oklahoma judge ruled the company contributed to an opioid epidemic in the state by “aggressively marketing painkillers”.

Johnson & Johson denied any involvement in the state’s opioid epidemic.

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