Aron Banks, a 21 year old man was the first person to take Johnson & Johnson to court in Philadelphia after he grew breast tissue while taking the drug Risperdal. Although the Food and Drug Administration approved Risperdal for treating psychotic disorders in adults, this drug has never been approved for children. Steve Sheller, one of Bank’s attorneys claimed that the breasts were large enough to require surgery. Which caused Banks to sustain psychological trauma treatment as a child. When asked about the terms of the settlement, Sheller noted that they were confidential, but that “The case was resolved and the client is satisfied.”
This lawsuit is 1 of over 420 cases against Johnson & Johnson involving personal injury claims caused by Risperdal. About 130 of these lawsuits involve claims of Risperdal causing the growth of breasts in young males. Although this lawsuit was the first of its kind, it will certainly not be the last. I just hope that the young boys speak up if they are not happy with their newly formed breasts. If my doctor prescribed me pills that caused me to grow breasts, I would also be extremely upset and sue J&J.