A New York man has sued the makers of a health drink, saying it has given him a permanent erection for the last two years.
Christopher Woods said he drank the vitamin-enriched Boost Plus, made by the Swiss-based Novartis pharmaceutical company, on June 5, 2004.
He woke up the next morning “with an erection that would not subside” and sought treatment of the condition, called severe priapism, court papers say.
Mr Woods, 29, had a penile implant to move blood from one area to another, acccording to the Associated Press.
The lawsuit filed yesterday said Mr Woods later had problems that required him to have blood vessels in his penis closed off, a procedure that lessens the likelihood of an erection.
Novartis’s Boost Plus website described the drink as “a great-tasting, high calorie, nutritionally complete oral supplement for people who require extra energy and protein in a limited volume”, in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.
Mr Woods’ lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, names Novartis Consumer Health Inc as a defendant.
A spokeswoman for Novartis said the company was aware of the lawsuit but would not comment.