SAN FRANCISCO – A Texas consumer alleges that a pharmaceutical company did not put the dangers of using Viagra on the drug's label.

Larry Shultz filed a complaint on April 15 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 April 2014 he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma when a biopsy was conducted on his neck. Plaintiff alleges that this was caused by prolonged use of Viagra. The plaintiff holds Pfizer Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly knew about the harmful effects of Viagra when it tested sildenafil, the drug's active ingredient, 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 and seeks compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages in an amount to be determined in trial, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Trevor B. Rockstad and Martin D. Crump of Davis & Crump PC in Gulfport, Mississippi.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-01988-RS

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