The personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers at Michaels & Smolak have come across some strange injuries in their line of work. But we recently met perhaps the strangest ever. What I am about to tell you might seem like a total fabrication. But I am not making it up. This is not April 1. This law firm is involved in a case just like the ones described below.
The case involves the anti-depressant drug Abilify, which, like the Parkinson’s drug Mirapex, can have a very bizarre side effect: Compulsive gambling. That’s right. Big time, pathological gambling. When it has this side-effect, the patient tends to gamble away his or her life savings.
Don’t believe me, right? But it’s true. The evidence now is clear. So clear that warnings are required on the drugs in most countries – including Canada — but not yet the U.S.A , where the drug lobby is more powerful. In the U.S., lawsuits are swarming around the creators of the drugs (Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals for Abilify, Pfizer and Boehringer Ingelheim for Mirapex). The legal theory is “failure to warn”.