An association formed by victims of the serious side-effects of the drug metamizol has filed a class-action lawsuit against the manufacturer and distributors for 500 million euros.
The group currently has more than 200 reports of patients affected by the drug, which is widely prescribed in Spain and better known by the brand name Nolotil.
Earlier this month, the Spanish medicines control agency (AEMPS) advised healthcare workers not to prescribe the drug to tourists, following cases of severe reactions and fatalities among British patients in Spain.
Ten deaths of British tourists have been related to Nolotil, medication prescribed while on holiday in Spain.
The class-action lawsuit is a private initiative launched by the Costa Blanca-based interpreter and activist Cristina García del Campo. The claimants are represented by the law firm De Micco & Friends, whose Spanish base is in Palma de Mallorca.
The law firm represents the victims' association in the class action, as well as individual claimants.
The Spanish legal system allows non-residents in this country to file claims as part of a class action.
De Micco & Friends is encouraging more victims of Nolotil side-effects to get in touch and receive legal advice by registering on their website.