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Arizona man alleges drug caused melanoma

By Wadi Reformado | May 2, 2016

Medical malpractice 09

SAN FRANCISCO – An Arizona consumer alleges a pharmaceutical company did not warn consumers about the purported side effects of a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction.

Carl B. Hedwall 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, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 31, 2010, he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma when a biopsy was conducted on his mid-forehead. 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 and seeks general damages, all medical expenses, interest, a full refund of all purchase costs of Viagra, consequential damages, compensatory damages, punitive damages, all legal fees and any other relief as this court deems just. He is represented by Kimberly D. Barone Baden and Ann 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-01759-RS

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