Indiana man files suit against pharmaceutical company alleging product liability

By Wadi Reformado | Apr 8, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – An Indiana man is suing Pfizer Inc. over claims one of its drugs caused skin cancer.

Gregory P. Urbanski filed a complaint on April 6 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 2009 he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma when he underwent a wide excision on his left side of his face. 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 and precaution on the drug's label.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks all damages to be determined in trial, medical expenses according to proof, interest provided by the law, refund of all purchase costs of Viagra, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Kimberly D. Barone Baden and Anne E. Rice Ervin of Motley Rice LLP in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-01750-JSC

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