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BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 14 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2565

Pfizer must compensate Parkinson’s patients who became addicted: An Australian court has approved payout deals for patients who developed gambling, sex, and eating addictions after taking cabergoline (marketed as Cabaser or Dostinex) to treat tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease or raised prolactin concentrations. The confidential settlement ends a four year court battle for the patients, some of whom gambled away their life savings after taking the drug and who claimed not to have had any pre-existing gambling problems. Others reported various forms of obsessive behaviour not normal to them, including compulsive eating, spending, hyper-sexuality, and performing repetitive tasks.

Dutch court dismisses organ trafficking case: A rare prosecution in the Netherlands for online organ trafficking has been dismissed after a judge ruled that it was not certain that Marc H, 40, really intended to …

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