KANSAS CITY, Kan., Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The family of a man who died after ingesting a purported male sexual stimulant reached a settlement with the Kansas City-area store that sold the product. David McElwee went into cardiac arrest and died on Sept. 25, 2012. He was represented by Timothy L. Sifers with Potts Law Firm and Michael Yonke with Yonke Law.
A lawsuit filed by the 37-year-old single father's survivors alleged that his death came shortly after he'd ingested "Stiff Nights," a male sexual stimulant he purchased from Erotic City. In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued a warning against its use.
"It is our opinion that this is a public safety issue affecting men all over the country," said Sifers. "These products need to be removed from the shelves of businesses, as doctors that treated Mr. McElwee informed us, this was not an isolated incident."
According to the wrongful death lawsuit, the product was an analogue of tadalafil, which is contained in the erectile dysfunction medication Cialis. This ingredient may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressures to dangerous levels. The suit, brought by Trisha Hale, the mother of McElwee's children, alleged Erotic City was negligent for selling the product.
Erotic City agreed to a policy limit of $1 million on March 16 according to Sifers. Judge Charles McKenzie approved the wrongful death settlement on behalf of McElwee's family on May 20.
The FDA is advising consumers not to purchase or use Stiff Nights, a product promoted for sexual enhancement. Health care professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of the product to FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. In addition, those consumers who have taken Stiff Nights and experienced adverse events or side effects are encouraged to seek legal advice if they have questions.
Widely recognized for his expertise in complex litigation and trials, Sifers has obtained record-setting verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients in state and federal courts across the country. He also regularly speaks and lectures to lawyers around the country on topics ranging from trial advocacy to handling complex mass torts matters.
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