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Man Blames His Gay Sex, Gambling Addiction on Parkinson's Drug and French Court Upholds GSK Parkinson's Drug Ruling

by Thilaka Ravi on  November 29, 2012 at 12:07 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
A French appeals court heard the case of a man who claimed that a drug to treat Parkinson's turned him into a gay, sex and gambling addict and on Wednesday upheld a ruling ordering pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to pay 197,000 euros to the man.
Man Blames His Gay Sex, Gambling Addiction on Parkinson's Drug and French Court Upholds GSK Parkinson's Drug Ruling
Man Blames His Gay Sex, Gambling Addiction on Parkinson's Drug and French Court Upholds GSK Parkinson's Drug Ruling
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The court in the northern city of Rennes said father-of-two Didier Jambart had suffered side effects after being administered the drug Requip in 2003 for the illness, which causes tremors, slows movement and disrupts speech.

A court in the western city of Nantes had previously ordered the British drug company to pay 117,000 euros ($151,000) in compensation in March.

Jambart, who was accompanied by his wife, burst into tears after the ruling.

"It's a great day," he said. "It's been a seven-year battle with our limited means for recognition of the fact that GSK lied to us and shattered our lives."

Jambart, 52, said the drug made him addicted to Internet gambling and caused him to lose the family's savings and steal to feed the habit that cost him 82,000 euros.

He said he attempted suicide eight times and became a compulsive gay sex addict, exposing himself on the Internet and cross-dressing. His risky sexual encounters led to him being raped.

All that stopped when he ceased taking Requip in 2005.

Requip has been known for years to have undesired side effects but a warning only appeared on its package insert in 2006, his lawyers said.

Source: AFP

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