Mirapex Gambler Wins $8M In Court

Law360 (August 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal jury has ordered the makers of Parkinson's drug Mirapex to pay $8.2 million in the first of several hundred product liability cases alleging the drug causes compulsive gambling to go to trial.

A federal jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Minnesota ruled Wednesday that Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Pfizer Inc. failed to warn consumers of the pathological gambling risks associated with the drug.

Former Mirapex user Gary Charbonneau and his wife, Cynthia, were awarded $7.8 million in punitive damages. Other damages include compensation for pain and suffering, opportunity costs and gambling losses....

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