Plaintiff, a 12-year-old boy, alternately became convinced that he was Nicolo Machiavelli and that he was a tangerine.


In the course of one of his more Florentine moods, he was treated for relief of his hallucinatory symptoms and incipient psychosis by use of a tranquilizing drug. The drug has had adverse physical effects on the plaintiff, the most serious being a clumping of the pigment in the boy’s eyes, which has left the boy partially blind. Suit against the manufacturer, a large drug company, is based on the drug’s negligent chemical formulation, improper testing, and failure to properly warn and instruct.