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NJ Man Sues Viagra Over Car Crash

July 28, 1998

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ The maker of the anti-impotence drug Viagra is being sued for $110 million by a man who claims he crashed his car after seeing apparitions that looked like lightning shoot out of his fingertips.

The lawyer for used-car salesman Joseph Moran, 53, said he believed the lawsuit against Pfizer Inc. of New York is the first stemming from Viagra’s vision side effect. Users of the drug have reported experiencing a blue tinge to their vision.

Moran crashed into a tree and two parked cars July 1 while he was driving home after a date. He had taken Viagra an hour earlier, said his lawyer, Ronald Benjamin.

``I’m reaching to take the cassette out of the radio, I see like electric current lines, like lightning, going from my fingers to the radio,″ Moran said. The next thing he says he remembers is seeing a police officer by the window of his totaled 1994 Thunderbird.

Moran said he now suffers from neck pain and finger numbness.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology warned in May that Viagra users with some types of eye problems should stay away from higher doses.

Food and Drug Administration clinical trials showed that taking the medication, especially at higher doses, can cause retinal dysfunction and affect the way people see for several hours, the eye doctors said.

Moran said he took the highest dose, 100 milligrams, the night of his accident.

Pfizer would not comment on the case.

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