International drug giant Pfizer has announced that it has agreed to pay 150 Australians who claim they became addicted to gambling and sex after using the company's Cabaser medication.
Cabaser was used as a treatment for Parkinson's Disease, and was launched in 2008. The 150 users listed in the settlement offer said they were not warned of the potential of becoming addicted to gambling or sex when they were prescribed the medication.
Under the effects of the medication, users who had never been problem gamblers suddenly started exhibiting risky behavior, spending thousands of dollars while using the medication.
Commenting on the case case Australian Law firm Slater & Gordon Medical Law Division Leader Bill Madden said, “There have been cases where settlements have not been approved by the federal court and it would be wise to wait to see what the court has to say. It’s interesting legally because of the peculiar effects of the drug, but there were similar claims made about the sleep medication Stillnox and that didn’t really seem to go anywhere."
“However, it would be good to see a case like this settled outside of court, because it would save everyone involved a lot of time and a lot money.”
The settlement is currently heading to a federal court for approval.