Christine Jambart comforts her husband, Didier Jambart, who cries in the courthouse in Rennes, France, on November 28, 2012, after hearing the judgment of the appeal court. The court upheld a ruling ordering pharmaceutical giant British GlaxoSmithKline to pay 197,000 euros to Jambart, who claimed that the drug Requip to treat Parkinson's turned him into a gay sex and gambling addict. By Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images. Update from a reader:
I know that the caption might elicit a few chuckles from readers. And understandably so, to some extent. But the side effects suffered by this man were likely very real and devastating. Here's a link to a Mayo Clinic study on the topic. I used to work in the legal department for a generic pharma company and was researching the potential product liability risk of marketing a related drug – pramipexole. That's when I came across this history. One doctor remarked that regarding the extremely compulsive hypersexuality and gambling, stopping the drug was like turning off a faucet.