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Wall Street banker suing over Mirapex gambling addiction

Wall Street banker suing over Mirapex gambling addiction Randolph Simens, 55, a former Wall Street banker, is suing drugmakers Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer and Pharmacia & Upjohn over gambling addiction. Simens says that he took the drug "Mirapex" during the period 2002-2007, which led to a gambling problem resulting in losses of over $3 million at various casinos. Mirapex is a drug used to treat Parkinson's disease, as well as restless leg syndrome. Randolph Simens claims that he start taking Mirapex in 2002, after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and his recreational gambling habit "snowballed" into a full gambling addiction, causing him to spend countless nights at online and land casinos, raking up over $3 million in gambling losses.

 Medical studies first linked the drug to compulsive behaviors, including gambling, back in 2005 and a spokesperson for Pfizer said the company had not marketed Mirapex since. But according to the lawsuit, the defendants "had a duty to provide adequate warnings and instruction for Mirapex, to use reasonable care to design a product that is not reasonably dangerous to users, and to adequately test their product." The lawsuit was filed in New York State Court on Tuesday.

 Published on 07/10/2008

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