Man alleges Pfizer drug caused cancer

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 4, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A Yolo County man alleges he was diagnosed with melanoma after taking a prescription drug.

Vernon D. Ware Jr. 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, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in 2012 he was diagnosed with melanoma when a biopsy was conducted on the bridge of his nose. He alleges this was a result of continued use of Viagra. The plaintiff holds Pfizer Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly knew about the harmful effects of Viagra when it was tested on rats. Despite knowing the harmful effects of the drug, the defendant allegedly chose to distribute it without providing any warnings and precaution on the Viagra label.

The plaintiff seeks 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-01649-LB

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