Affected person sues physician over medicine she claims triggered compulsive gambling


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“At all material times, the defendants knew or ought to have known that Abilify posed a non-trivial and serious risk of compulsive behaviours in patients, including compulsive gambling and spending.”

Purchas says she had no knowledge of the risks of the compulsive behaviours with Abilify and had no reason to suspect the risk.

“The defendants failed to warn the plaintiff of the risk of developing compulsive behaviour,” says the suit. “The defendants failed to follow-up with the plaintiff to determine whether she developed compulsive behaviours due to the drug Abilify.”

Ogunremi and the pharmacy are named as the defendants in the case.

The lawsuit says that as a result of the alleged negligence and breach of contract of the defendants, Purchas sustained injuries including weight gain and mental injuries.

Purchas is seeking general damages, damages for breach of contract, and damages for lost income and loss of opportunity. She also wants special and aggravated damages and compensation for monies lost as a result of compulsive behaviour.

The suit claims that the defendants, as medical service providers, owed her a duty of care to perform such services in a competent manner that did not cause her harm.

“As a result of the defendants’ failure to use reasonable care, skill and diligence in and about the treatment of the plaintiff, the plaintiff suffers with serious and permanent physical impairments.”

No response has been filed to the lawsuit’s allegations, which have not been tested in court. Ogunremi works at Tri-Cities Mental Health Centre, which referred calls to the Fraser Health Authority. The authority said it could not comment as the matter is before the courts.