SAN FRANCISCO – A Colorado man alleges he had to have an amputation to treat melanoma as a result of using Viagra.

Michael W. Giovando filed a complaint on March 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Pfizer Inc., citing breach of implied warranty, fraud, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in 2011 he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma as a result of using Viagra and underwent an amputation, distal of proximal phalanx, of his right thumb. The plaintiff holds Pfizer Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly had knowledge of the dangers when it tested a component of the drug on rats. Defendant allegedly also failed to include on its packaging the potential risk of using Viagra, and thus failed to properly inform consumers the potential of developing melanoma.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury, all damages in such amount to be determined in trial, all legal fees and any other relief as this court deems just. He is represented by Gary L. Wilson of Robins Kaplan LLP in Los Angeles and Munir R. Meghjee and Troy F. Tatting of Robins Kaplan LLP in Minneapolis.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-01607

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