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Married Father Sues GlaxoSmithKline over Parkinson's Drug That Induced an Addiction to Gay Sex

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posted 11:19 AM EST, Mon March 14, 2011

Didier Jambart, a 51 year old French man, is suing a pharmaceutical company and his neurologist for failing to warn him of the possible side effects of a Parkinson’s medication he was prescribed.

The drug Requip, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, reduces symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as muscle tremors, speech impairments and movement difficulties. Unfortunately, in some people, Requip can lead to impulse control disorder like behaviors, such as compulsive gambling, spending or sexual behaviors, and by 2006, the package insert for the medication warned of this possibility.

This was 3 years after Didier Jambart began taking the medication in 2003.

In his lawsuit, Jambart, who is a married man and father of two, says he wasn’t warned of the possible side effects and that shortly after starting to use the medication he:

  • Became a compulsive gambler, lost his life savings and stole to fund his habit
  • Started to engage in compulsive sexual activities, such as internet exhibitionism and cross dressing
  • Became addicted to gay sex

In addition to the loss of his savings, his new sexual activities led to his being raped on one occasion and to a demotion at his government job. He says the psychological impact of his changed behaviors led to three suicide attempts and to lasting distress.

He claims that although drug makers knew of the possible risks, he wasn’t informed and suffered as a result – and for his suffering he demands 450 000 Euros ($610 000).

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  • Parkinson's Medications: One heterosexual married man says he wasn't told about the possible side effects and is suing GlaxoSmithKline after losing his life savings to gambling and becoming enamored with gay sex.
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