Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Mirapex (Parkinson's Drug): Caused a Gambling Addiction?

From www.courant.com:

Mirapex lawsuit: A man claims that a drug he was prescribed to combat Parkinson's disease caused him to compulsively gamble away $200,000 of his retirement money, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Superior Court against the drug's manufacturer and marketers.

Mirapex has been linked to obsessive compulsive behavior in patients. The drug, manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, imitates the effect of dopamine.

The prescribing information for Mirapex was updated in fall 2004 to inform patients and doctors of the link between Mirapex and compulsive behavior, including obsessive gambling.