Georgia man accuses Pfizer Inc. of not warning of drug's side effects

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 4, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A Georgia man alleges the use of a drug prescribed for erectile dysfunction caused cancer.

Richard P. Carter filed a complaint on April 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Pfizer Inc., citing alleged breach of implied warranty, breach of express warranty, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in 2013 he was diagnosed with melanoma when a biopsy was conducted on his right axilla/armpit, and alleges this was a result of a continued use of Viagra. The plaintiff holds Pfizer Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly knew about the harmful effects of Viagra when it tested sildenafil on rats. Despite knowing the harmful effects of the drug, the defendant purportedly chose to distribute it without providing any warnings and precaution on the drug's label.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury, all damages to be determined in trial, all legal fees and any other relief as the 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-01645-JSC

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