Parkinson’s patients with gambling problems sue

“An Ontario man who alleges he developed a gambling addiction as a result of using a Parkinson’s drug called Mirapex is the representative claimant in a national class action lawsuit.

The Toronto law firm Thomson, Rogers issued a statement Monday saying that plaintiffs are seeking millions of dollars in compensation from the drug’s Canadian manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., and two American corporations.

Gerard Schick, the plaintiff from Midland, Ont., says he began gambling compulsively after starting to take Mirapex and lost more than $100,000.

‘Some 100 or more Canadians are believed to have suffered a similar experience,’ said a statement from the law firm.

A study by a team at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Centre in Phoenix, Ariz., published in the journal Neurology in 2003, found that of 529 patients who took pramipexole (brand name Mirapex), eight developed serious gambling addictions.” (C-Health)