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Three Couples Sue Maker of Penile Implants

May 21, 1994

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Three couples sued the largest U.S. manufacturer of silicone penile implants, charging the devices are ineffective and dangerous.

The male plaintiffs said the inflatable devices, widely used as a remedy for impotence, caused pain and a loss of feeling. One of the men said he has undergone reconstructive surgery.

Their wives said defective implants interfered with their sexual relations with their husbands.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court Friday against Minnesota-based American Medical Systems Inc. and its parent company, Pfizer Inc.

Ken Markowitz, a lawyer for American Medical Systems, did not return calls.

The lawsuit seeks to represent all buyers of American Medical Systems penile implants since they were first marketed in 1973. A similar request has already been filed by other lawyers in a South Carolina case, said Dan Bolton, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

About 300,000 men in the United States have had penile implants, Bolton said.

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