Parkinson's medication 'causes sex, gambling addictions'

By John Doe · Jun 4, 2010 · ·
  1. John Doe
    Parkinson's medication 'causes sex, gambling addictions'

    A group of people suffering Parkinson's disease is launching a class action claiming their medication has caused gambling and sex addiction.

    The Federal Court in Melbourne is being asked to hear claims that some people taking prescription medication to treat the tremors associated with Parkinson's disease developed a range of uncharacteristic addictive disorders.

    Lawyers will claim two drug companies breached a duty of care to the customers on multiple fronts.

    The action targets Pfizer Australia and Aspen Pharmacare Australia and will claim the companies failed to properly research the possible side effects of the drug, failed to provide proper warning about the increased risks of compulsive disorders, and did not withdraw the drug from sale after they became aware of the increased risks.

    The writ claims some people taking the drug are alleged to have become addicted to pornography and lost their life savings to gambling, and that the compulsive behaviour ceased once they stopped taking the drug.

    Melbourne law firm Arnold Thomas and Becker is representing the claimants suing the companies, which market a class of drug known as dopamine agonists.

    Pfizer sells the prescribed drug cabergoline in Australia under the brand name Cabaser.

    The drug is often used as a treatment for Parkinson's sufferers under the age of 65.

    The drug restores the imbalance of the chemical dopamine, which controls the the body's movements.

    Aspen Pharmacare markets a similar drug called pergolide, which is marketed as Permax in Australia.

    There is no known cure for Parkinson's which affects about 80,000 Australians.

    Symptoms of the degenerative disease include tremors, slowness of movement and stiffness.

    ABC News
    Fri Jun 4, 2010 10:51am AEST


  1. Jatelka
    Not a comment on your post, but a comment on the article:

    This is hardly "News", the link between dopamine agonists and complusive bevaiours has been known for the last 10 years or so
  2. John Doe
    I suppose the idea of the class action suit though is being built on that established link. IMO it may even succeed if the link has been known for that long but quite possible was communicated to them in the PIL.

    What I don't get is that the drugs these people were taking were probably benefiting them substantially, I'd like to know what else happened when they stopped taking them!
  3. RaoulDukeX
    i agree, however if its not a listed side effect and no doctor warned the Parkinson's patents about the risk of addictive tendencies, then a lawsuit is in order. these people should just be happy they werent offered cocaine! lol
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