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Jury Awards Plaintiff $9.5 Million for Permanent Damage from Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

A jury awarded a man a $9.25 million jury award after a men’s clinic erectile dysfunction therapy caused permanent damage to his penis. The jury awarded $750,000 in compensatory damages and $8.5 million in punitive damages for the medical malpractice, even after the plaintiff had only asked for $6.75 million in punitive damages. The jury found that the defendant, Boston Men’s Health Center Inc., acted with the intent to cause harm. The company had advertised that the clinic could promise “sex for life.” The clinic’s staff told the victim that the therapy was “painless.” After the initial examination, the staff had diagnosed the victim with erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation and said that they would inject their medication into his penis, a process that would be “painless.” The company called the drug a “secret formula” but the primary ingredient injected into his penis was a drug called papaverine. The FDA has since warned that this drug should not be used to treat erectile dysfunction. His erection didn’t dissipate and soon became painful, and the staff had to remove blood from his penis in an attempt to provide relief. None of these procedures worked, and the medicine caused fibrosis and scar tissue. The victim is now unable to have a normal erection. There have been several other medical malpractice claims against the company, but this has been the only one to go to trial. To read more about the medical malpractice verdict, please click the link.