A man has sued the maker of the health drink Boost Plus, claiming the vitamin-enriched beverage gave him an erection that would not subside and caused him to be hospitalised.
The lawsuit filed by Christopher Woods, of Manhattan, said he bought the nutrition beverage, which is made by the Swiss-based Novartis pharmaceutical company, at a drugstore on June 5, 2004.
Novartis' Boost Plus Web site describes the drink as "a great tasting, high calorie, nutritionally complete oral supplement for people who require extra energy and protein in a limited volume," in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.
Erection would not subside
Woods' court papers say he woke up the next morning "with an erection that would not subside" and sought treatment of the condition, called severe priapism. They say Woods, 29, underwent surgery that day for implantation of a Winter shunt, which moves blood from one area to another.
The lawsuit, filed late Monday, says Woods had problems that days later required a hospital visit and penile artery embolization, a way of closing blood vessels. Closing off some blood flow prevents engorgement of the penis with blood and lessens the likelihood of an erection.
Woods' lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, names Novartis
Consumer Health Inc. as a defendant. A spokeswoman for the company,
Brandi Robinson, said Tuesday the company was aware of the lawsuit
but did not comment on pending litigation. – (Sapa-AP)
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