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How On Earth This Man Have Bigger Boobs Than A Girl
When teenage Eddie Bible looked in the mirror, he didn't see a boy. It was too difficult for him to look past the large breasts on his chest.

"I had bigger boobs than the girls in (high) school," he said. "I thought, 'Am I going to have to get a training bra?' "
At 13 years old, Bible was suffering a side effect -- not disclosed at the time -- of medication he was taking for anxiety and bipolar disorder.

"They put me on this Risperdal. The doctors said, 'Well, Risperdal was helping some.' To me, it didn't really help, because a year and a half later, I had gynecomastia."

Gynecomastia is a condition that causes teen boys or men's breast tissue to grow. Bible and thousands of others are preparing to sue Johnson & Johnson for damages, claiming the company did not disclose this possible side effect in a timely manner.
'I feel like an experiment'

Though it's not uncommon for teen boys to develop some breast tissue during puberty, this is different. This, Bible says, was humiliating.

At first, Bible thought his breasts were a result of weight gain, also something many who take Risperdal go through. So, at least initially, he overlooked it.
"If I knew what the side effects would be of the medication, I would have never taken it," Bible said of Risperdal, which he took in the early 2000's.

Soon after his breasts became noticeable, Bible stopped going outside with his friends. Most days, he'd retreat to his room and play video games to block out the world. When he was forced to go outside to attend school, he had to deal with "the looks," he says.
And, of course, the comments.

"I'd go to the locker room, and people would point and stare," he said.

Psychologically, he says, dealing with the side effects of Risperdal was worse than the bipolar disorder.
"They took advantage of me," Bible, now 26, said of the drug's maker, Johnson and Johnson, and its subsidiary Janssen, which marketed the medication.
"Everybody picking on you for being a boy with boobs. ... It's just ... depressing."

In 2006, after the drug spent more than a decade on the market, available to teens like Bible, the company placed the gynecomastia side effect on Risperdal labels.

For Bible, it was too late.

"Looking back on it, I feel like an experiment," he said.
An 'essential medicine'

In a statement to CNN, Johnson & Johnson said on behalf of Janssen that it considers Risperdal a useful drug, "essential to helping those affected by mental illness. ... Physicians decide how best to treat their patients."

The World Health Organization includes risperidone, the chemical name for Risperdal, on its list of "essential medicines," meaning the drug is "one of the minimum medicines needed for a basic healthcare system."
But since 1994, when J&J put Risperdal on the market, the drug has drawn a significant amount of attention and controversy, beyond undisclosed side effects.

The company has had to pay more than $2 billion in penalties and settlements to state and government entities as a result of lawsuits relating to Risperdal and two other drugs, as well as civil and criminal complaints over their usage.
In 2013, in one of the largest health care fraud settlements in US history, the Department of Justice said Risperdal and two other Johnson & Johnson drugs were promoted for dementia patients when Risperdal was approved only to treat schizophrenia. This use was not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration.

"The conduct at issue in this case jeopardized the health and safety of patients and damaged the public trust," said then-Attorney General Eric Holder.
The department also alleged that Janssen promoted the drug for use in children and people with mental disabilities, despite knowing the health risks, and said it was even one of the company's base business goals.

The agency also alleged that Janssen's sales representatives told doctors that they needed to increase their Risperdal prescriptions in order to receive speaking fees for speeches set up by Janssen. Janssen agreed to the settlement and fines.

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