May 9, 2005

I BET HIM $100 THAT HE LOSES (via John Resnick):

Man claims Parkinson's drug made him gambling addict (CANADIAN PRESS, 5/09/05)

An Ontario man who alleges he developed a gambling addiction as a result of using a Parkinson's drug called Mirapex is the representative claimant in a national class action lawsuit.

The Toronto law firm Thomson, Rogers issued a statement Monday saying that plaintiffs are seeking millions of dollars in compensation from the drug's Canadian manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., and two American corporations.

Gerard Schick, the plaintiff from Midland, Ont., says he began gambling compulsively after starting to take Mirapex and lost more than $100,000.

"Some 100 or more Canadians are believed to have suffered a similar experience," said a statement from the law firm.

A study by a team at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Centre in Phoenix, Ariz., published in the journal Neurology in 2003, found that of 529 patients who took pramipexole (brand name Mirapex), eight developed serious gambling addictions.

My math isn't too good, but those numbers suggest that the drug is at least marginally effective against gambling addictions.

N.B. Wouldn't 8 out of 529 be less than 6%?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 9, 2005 5:04 PM

If you let statistics be the judge, I'm sure the trial lawyers can get 200 of those 529 to go put $100k on red in Vegas. The ones who win have $200k, the losers have a share in a million dollar lawsuit.

Posted by: pj at May 9, 2005 5:11 PM

Seems the worst thing you could do is award these folks a settlement. Talk about being an enabler -- they'd be inclined to think they've discovered a "system."

Posted by: John Resnick at May 9, 2005 5:32 PM

funny. I just notieced the strip of ads to the left is all class actions. heh.

Posted by: John Resnick at May 9, 2005 5:35 PM

it'd be funnier if the ads were for on-line casinos

Posted by: Shelton at May 9, 2005 6:08 PM

OJ: You are hopeless. Click here. Is the result more or less than 6?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at May 9, 2005 7:18 PM

It's a little over 6% in the metric system, oj. About 1.5% in good old pounds and feet.

Posted by: joe shropshire at May 9, 2005 7:29 PM

Note to self: Lots of Google ad revenue if can attract gamblers to posts about gambling. Query to self: What happens when posting about porn?

Posted by: pj at May 9, 2005 8:17 PM


We are not seldom sent visitors by Google searches with "britney Spears" in them. How can we conceivably rank near the top?

Posted by: oj at May 9, 2005 8:38 PM

If they were smart, they'd claim gambling causes Parkinsons.

Posted by: Noel at May 9, 2005 9:37 PM

"I called the gambling addiction hotline. They gave me 2-to-1 odds I'd fail!"

-- Rodney Dangerfield

Posted by: Matt Murphy at May 9, 2005 10:25 PM
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