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Man Blames Lost Fingers on Faulty Scrip

DALLAS (CN) - A man claims in court that a Dallas wellness clinic overprescribed him Adderall, starting him at twice the daily limit, which got him into two auto collisions and made him saw off two of his fingers.

Elliott Scott Kraus sued the Davisson Clinic, Harvey Davisson Ph.D., and Angela Donna Self M.D., in Dallas County Court.

Kraus claims he contacted the Davisson Clinic after hearing its radio ad that listed several of his symptoms, including depression and anxiety.

Kraus claims the ad said that adults suffering from the symptoms might have attention deficit disorder and should contact the clinic for help.

Kraus says he did, and that after a minimal screening, Dr. Self gave him a prescription 80 milligrams of Adderall a day, "with instructions to increase the dosage until on his own until he 'felt better.' This is in spite of the fact that the Federal Food & Drug Administration, and all relevant literature, lists 40 milligrams as the maximum daily Adderall dosage," according to the complaint.

The complaint continues: "Adderall's active ingredient is an isomer of amphetamines. ... The FDA required label of Adderall contains a laundry list of taks not to attempt while using Adderall including driving, machinery use, or any activity that requires alertness, as overusage may place one into a drunken like state.

"In the short weeks after Mr. Kraus began the prescription, he was in two severe automobile accidents, and amputated two of his fingers with a power saw. Such incidents were proximately caused by the effects of the Adderall dosage."

Kraus sees damages for negligence and gross negligence.

He is represented by Bill Voss of The Woodlands.

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