SAN FRANCISCO – A Santa Barbara County man alleges that a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction caused melanoma.

Stephen Crossland filed a complaint on April 4 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, negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in 2007 and 2010 he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma when a biopsy was conducted on his right forearm and left wrist. He alleges this was caused by his 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 allegedly chose to distribute it without providing any warnings or precautions 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 Rachel B. Abrams and Meghan McCormick of Levin Simes LLP in San Francisco and Ernest Cory, Kristian W. Rasmussen and Lauren S. Miller of Cory Watson PC in Birmingham, Alabama.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-01673-SI

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