Restless Leg Drug Triggers Gambling Habit: Suits

Law360, New York (February 20, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Two Washington couples have sued Pfizer claiming the drug maker neglected to warn them of the link between treatment for restless legs and a sudden, compulsive urge to gamble.

The couples have filed separate suits in Minnesota’s federal court alleging Pfizer waited years before warning that its dopamine-boosting drug Mirapex could trigger pathological gambling addictions in users.

Kenneth and Betty Carlton, from Randle, Washington, and Janice and Frederick Ham, from Renton, want a jury to hear their case against Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Pfizer...
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