Antipsychotic medicine gives 20-year-old man 46DD boobs

Stock image of a gynecomastia sufferer
Stock image of a gynecomastia sufferer

20-year-old Austin Pledger from Alabama, US, has been awarded $2.5 million (€2.2M) after a drug he was prescribed to combat irritability associated with autism gave him giant breasts.

Risperdal, produced by Janssen Pharmaceuticals which is a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, was prescribed to Pledger when he was eight years old.

A warning appeared on the label, reporting a low risk of gynecomastia, the condition which causes men to grow breasts.

But this warning was changed in 2006 to say that Risperdal contained high levels of the breast-growing hormone.

A jury concluded that Mr Pledger "was not adequately warned" that he would grow enormous boobs because of the medication.

A spokeswoman for Janssen said the firm is "disappointed" and "believes this verdict should be overturned," claiming that Risperdal's side effects were clearly communicated to Mr Pledger, his family and the prescribing doctor.

To this day, Mr Pledger has female-like breasts that can only be removed through a mastectomy