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Parkinson's sufferer wins six figure payout from GlaxoSmithKline over drug that turned him into a '*** sex and gambling addict'


Father-of-two says he developed an uncontrollable passion for *** sex and gambling - at one point even selling his children's toys to fund his addiction



By Rob Williams Thursday 29 November 2012




A French appeals court has upheld a ruling ordering GlaxoSmithKline to pay €197,000 (£159,000) to a man who claimed a drug given to him to treat Parkinson's turned him into a '*** sex addict.' Didier Jambart, 52, was prescribed the drug Requip in 2003 to treat his illness. Within two years of beginning to take the drug the married father-of-two says he developed an uncontrollable passion for *** sex and gambling - at one point even selling his children's toys to fund his addiction. He was awarded £160,000 in damages after a court in Rennes, France, upheld his claims. The ruling, which is considered ground-breaking, was made yesterday by the appeal court, which awarded damages to Mr Jambart. Following the decision Mr Jambart appeared outside the court with his wife Christine beside him. Jambart broke down in tears as judges upheld his claim that his life had become 'hell' after he started taking Requip, a drug made by GSK.


Mr Jambart began taking the drug for Parkinson's in 2003, he had formerly worked as a well-respected bank manager and local councillor, and is a father of two. After beginning to take the drug he claimed he attempted to commit suicide eight times. In total Mr Jambert said he gambled away 82,000 euros, mostly through internet betting on horse races. He also said he engaged in frantic searches for *** sex. He started exhibiting himself on websites and arranging encounters, one of which he claimed resulted in him being raped. He said his family had not understood what was going on at first. Mr Jambert said he realised the drug was responsible when he stumbled across a website that made a connection between the drug and addictions in 2005. When he stopped the drug he claims his behaviour returned to normal.


"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." He added: 'I am happy that justice has been done. I am happy for my wife and my children. I am at last going to be able to sleep at night and profit from life. ' He added that the money awarded would, 'never replace the years of pain.' The court heard that Requip's side-effects had been made public in 2006, but had reportedly been known for years. Mr Jambert said that GSK patients should have been informed earlier.






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What's that, about $250,000?


Remember that lady who burned herself with hot coffee from McDonalds. She was awarded nearly $3,000,000 and, after further appeal, finally received $600,000+.


I'm glad the guy won his case, and it's in another country so maybe this a large settlement in a Wuropean court. But if the court believed the drug responsible for destroying his life, they place a fairly low value on his life, less than half of what US jury appraised the suffering from a bad coffee burn.


I'd like to know how much he lost gambling? In my impusivity, I ran up all my cards, lost all my possessions and cash, couldn't work. If I could prove causation by the drugs, I don't see how $250,000 is a fair settlement. I bet I've spent $250,000 (insurance picked up a share) just going to rehabs, psychiatrists, therapists, prescriptions, etc over 15 years -- None of which, I contend, would have ever happened w/out drugs. Add the suffering of health problems. And lost wages.


Anyway, crap happens. Stay off drugs, kids.

"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

- Zimmerman

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