Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
TURIN

Turin man suing drug company over gambling addiction

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(ANSA) - Turin, October 18 - A 70-year-old Italian man who
suffers from Parkinson's disease is suing an international
pharmaceutical company, saying its medication made him a
compulsive gambler.
The retired man says his gaming addiction cost him his life
savings of 300,000 euros.
The case is also being investigated by prosecutor Raffaele
Guariniello for possible negligence causing injury, and whether
package warnings are adequate.
The man claims his problems began in 1999 when he started
to use a medication with an active ingredient called
pramipexole.
About a year later, he says his behaviour become strange,
driving him to leave his house and begin to gamble, squandering
his savings at slot machines, video poker and bingo.
Strange side effects from pramipexole and related dopamine
medications are said to include compulsive gambling,
hyper-sexuality, and overeating.

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