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Boy bullied in school for growing large breasts after taking anti-psychotic drug Risperdal

By Emily Lewis 12:45 PM January 15, 2018
Man growing breasts (illustration)

A boy claimed that he suffered bullying at school after his breasts grew larger than the girls in his class, according to court documents in Pennsylvania.

A Philadelphia jury has awarded $500,000 to Timothy Stange because Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn him about the side effects of Risperdal.

Stange was prescribed Risperdal by a pediatric doctor after suffering neurological issues.

After taking the medication for several months, he grew very large breasts.

He was bullied in school and doctors removed the breasts through a double mastectomy.

The surgery has left Stange with permanent scars.

Stange was one of 13,000 men who filed lawsuits against the drug companies for failing to disclose the side effects of Risperdal.

Risperdal is an anti-psychotic medicine, which works by changing the effects of chemicals in the brain.

Risperdal is used to treat schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder.

The drug can also be used in autistic children to treat symptoms of irritability.

Stange was eventually awarded an additional $35,000 in damages.

He is now demanding more money since he was living in Wisconsin at the time he took the drug.

Wisconsin allows damages of up to $2.5 million instead of $500,000 in New Jersey.

Janssen Johnson & Johnson want New Jersey law to be applied since the company is registered in that state.

A Superior Court judge has ordered the Philadelphia court to rule on the issue.