SACRAMENTO – A Hanford couple is suing three pharmaceutical companies alleging that a prescription drug caused the husband to develop compulsive gambling behaviors.

Travis Vickers and Stacey Vickers filed a complaint on May 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. LTD and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc., citing strict liability, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty and negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that between 2009 and 2013, Travis Vickers suffered physical and mental damages as a result of taking Abilify. The plaintiffs hold Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. LTD and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to disclose to their consumers the potential harm of the drug Abilify, including the side effect of harmful compulsive behaviors.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek actual damages, all medical expenses, punitive damages, interest, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. They are represented by Gary L. Wilson, Munir R. Meghjee and Megan J. McKenzie of Robins Kaplan LLP in Minneapolis.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California Case number 1:16-cv-00737-DAD-BAM

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