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Parkinsons Patient Sues Casinos, Pharm Company After Losing 14M in Vegas

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 22nd February 2006 11:20pm
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When the retired doctor from Austin suddenly began spending big money at the casinos, the casinos assigned him a "host," and gave him first-class airfare to Las Vegas, free hotel suites and meals, and shopping trips for his wife, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Austin.

The casinos even gave him an Alaskan cruise, the lawsuit says.

The retired doctor, Max Wells, kept coming back, the lawsuit says and kept losing money. By the fall of 2005, Wells had lost $7 million, the lawsuit says. By January, another $7 million.

Now Wells is suing the casinos and a major drug company, claiming that the prescription drugs he was taking for Parkinson's disease set off a compulsive gambling spree.

Wells, 55, wants his money back. He declined to comment Tuesday.

His lawsuit, filed Friday, says the drug company didn't warn patients that the drug Requip could cause compulsive behavior. And it cites a 2005 Mayo Clinic study that found 11 Parkinson's patients who developed compulsive gambling habits while taking Requip and a similar drug called Mirapex. The gambling ceased for eight of the 11 when they stopped taking the drugs; test results were not available for the other three patients, the study said.



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