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French court upholds 'gay sex addict' ruling against Glaxo

Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline has been ordered to pay almost €200,000 to the man who claimed its Parkinson’s drug turned him into a gay sex and gambling addict.

A FRENCH APPEALS court today upheld a ruling ordering pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to pay €197,000 to a man who claimed that its drugs to treat Parkinson’s turned him into a gay sex and gambling addict.

The court in the northern city of Rennes said father-of-two Didier Jambart had suffered side effects after being administered the drug Requip in 2003 for the illness, which causes tremors, slows movement and disrupts speech.

A court in the western city of Nantes had previously ordered the British drug company to pay €117,000 euros in compensation in March.

Jambart, who was accompanied by his wife, burst into tears after the ruling.

“It’s a great day,” he said. “It’s been a seven-year battle with our limited means for recognition of the fact that GSK lied to us and shattered our lives.”

Jambart, 52, said the drug made him addicted to Internet gambling and caused him to lose the family’s savings and steal to feed the habit that cost him €82,000.

He said he attempted suicide eight times and became a compulsive gay sex addict, exposing himself on the Internet and cross-dressing. His risky sexual encounters led to him being raped.

All that stopped when he ceased taking Requip in 2005.

Requip has been known for years to have undesired side effects but a warning only appeared on its package insert in 2006, his lawyers said.

- © AFP, 2012

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