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Young man devastated after 46DD breasts grow on his chest caused by antipsychotic drug

By Mason White 6:33 PM March 5, 2015
Austin Pledger 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A young man filed a lawsuit against a drug company after large breasts grew on his chest, caused by an antipsychotic drug, according to court documents on Pennsylvania.

Now, 20-year-old Austin Pledger was awarded $2.5 million in damages by a court in Philadelphia.

A jury concluded that Pledger was not adequately warned that he would grow size 46DD breasts as a side effect of using Risperdal, which is produced by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

A spokesperson for Janssen of New Jersey, said that the company is disappointed by the jury’s decision and it believes that this verdict should be overturned.

The spokesperson also said that the side effects of Risperdal were clearly communicated to Pledger. Pledger was prescribed the drug by his family physician many years ago.

At that time, Risperdal was not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in children. Pledger, who has autism, was 8 years old when he was given the drugs.

Eventually, the FDA approved the use of Risperdal for children and published a new information label that warns that the drug contains high levels of prolactin, a hormone that promotes breast growth.

Pledger has female breasts that can only be removed through a mastectomy.