Man wins 160k pounds damages after Parkinson's drug turned him into 'gay sex and gambling addict'
A landmark appeal court ruling in France has ordered a British drugs giant to pay 160,000 pounds to a man who claimed that its drug to treat Parkinson's turned him into a gay sex and gambling addict.
Didier Jambart, 52, was prescribed Requip for his illness in 2003.
But within two years Jambart developed wild urges for online gambling and gay encounters, the Mirror reported.
Lawyers said that the makers GlaxoSmithKline knew for years that the drug had undesired side effects but only put a warning on the pack inserts in 2006.
Comforted by wife Christine outside the court in Rennes, North West France, Jambart sobbed, "It's been a seven year battle."
"GlaxoSmithKline lied to us and shattered our lives," the paper quoted him as saying.
Jambart tried to kill himself eight times, as his addictions took hold, and he blew his family's life savings to fund his gambling.
Jambart even sold his children's toys and began cross-dressing and arranging illicit meetings, including one in which he was raped.
Jambart stopped taking the tablets in 2005 after he linked his addictions to the drug.
The company was previously ordered to pay 100,000 pounds after a hearing in Jambart's home town of Nantes in March.
But it appealed the ruling and the higher court this week upheld the decision and raised the compensation amount.