Monday, July 11, 2005

Chasing Big Slick all the way to the river.

It was Mirapex that made me do it.

If I were the publicist for the World Series of Poker, I would deserve a big fat raise. But if I were the publicist for drug maker Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, I would not get out of bed this week. The AP is reporting today that their Parkinson's drug, Mirapex, is being blamed for causing a severe gambling addiction in some patients. The company says there is no scientific evidence, despite the fact that the information insert that comes with Mirapex actually lists gambling addiction as a rare possible side effect! The drug targets dopamine receptors in that region of the brain associated with pleasure and "reward-seeking behavior".