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Drug company to pay bloke $8 BILLION after their meds made him grow man boobs

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25 August 2022 2:05PM

Not millions...BILLIONS.

In perhaps the biggest f**k up you'll hear today, drug company Johnson & Johnson have been ordered to pay out US$8 billion (NZ$12.7 billion) to a man who grew breasts after taking their medication. In case you wondering, that'd be like winning this weekend's $36 million dollar lotto draw... 396 times in a row.

Nicholas Murray, a 26-year-old from Philadelphia, took anti-psychotic medication Risperdal when he was nine. Murray was prescribed Risperdal to treat symptoms related to autism spectrum disorder.

He said the drug led him to develop a condition known as gynecomastia which caused abnormal breast growth.

Murray's attorneys said US drug company Johnson & Johnson marketed the drug for children, despite the FDA approving it for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults in 1990. 

On Tuesday, a jury ruled the man was not warned about the side effects, and therefore should be paid punitive damages, reports the BBC.

The company says it will appeal the ruling and is confident it will be overturned. It claims the court prevented its legal team from presenting "key evidence" about the drug.

In 2015, Murray was awarded US$680,000 (NZ$1.07 million) after it was found Johnson and Johnson were negligent for failing to warn of the risk of gynecomastia.