Saturday 9 April 2011

Gay Drug?

Man claims faulty drug turned him into 'gay sex addict'

Didier Jambart, a 52-year-old married father who suffers from Parkinson's disease, has accused pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline of producing a "defective" drug that turned him into a gay sex addict.

"After first taking the drugs, I was bursting with energy," the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper quotes Jambart. "I would get up at four in the morning and run 10.5 km, but later, it went more than too far."

Jambart said he suffered from severe depression, attempted suicide as many as eight times and became a compulsive gay sex addict. He says he exposed himself on the Internet and was raped because of his dangerous sexual encounters.

While the company denies any wrongdoing, a French patient group says it has been contacted by 100 other people who have suffered similar side-effects.

The crux of Jambart's case is he began taking the medication in 2005, but GlaxoSmithKline didn't including a warning against strange side-effects on the package until 2006.

The Daily Mail previously reported that Peter Shepherd, a British IT manager, underwent a similarly dramatic personality change in 2001 when he began taking another kind of Parkinson's medication. In that case, Shepherd became a sex-crazed transvestite and spent more than $600,000 on a "luxury lifestyle."

None of the allegations have been proven in court. A ruling in Jambart's case is expected this week.

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