When people take medication as prescribed for a certain medical condition, they trust the drugs to make them feel better. While most people understand that medications can have some side effects such as drowsiness or an upset stomach, they rarely imagine a drug prescribed by a doctor could cause them to literally gamble way their life’s savings.
However, that is exactly what has happened to some patients who were taking Permax and Cabaser, medications used to treat Parkinson’s disease. Approximately 100 Australians are suing two pharmaceutical giants in a class action lawsuit, claiming these defective medications caused them to become gambling addicts. Some also say the drugs caused them to develop compulsive sexual behavior. While this is happening in Australia, it could just as easily be unfolding in Louisiana or any other state in the United States.
The plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against Aspen Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Australia, alleging that the manufacturers were negligent, produced defective products and failed to warn to the potential dangers. They claim that Permax and Cabaser caused them to engage in compulsive behavior and lose a considerable amount of money.
The patients’ attorney noted, “The drugs mimic the effect of dopamine in the brain, which is a pleasure-seeking … chemical and can cause addictive-type behavior. Most of the clients had an obsessive pathological urge to gamble that they couldn’t control, and that had led to huge financial loss and family breakdowns.”
One of these medications is still on the market, though it now carries a warning that its use can result in compulsive behaviors, including gambling and increased libido. However, patients who used the medication prior to 2009 did not receive the benefit of the warning.
If you feel like you’ve been a victim of a prescribed medication, don’t hesitate to contact Michigan Legal Center. With years of experience, Michigan Legal Center has experience with prescribed drugs and other medication.