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propecia lawsuitTaking a drug like Propecia to treat hair loss shouldn’t lead to permanent sexual side effects or cancer.  Our law firm is passionate about helping the large number of otherwise healthy men who have suffered (often in silence) from the serious mental, physical and sexual side effects of Propecia and the unfortunate men that have been diagnosed with cancer after taking the drug.

Propecia Update 5/31/12: Attorneys involved in federal lawsuits over Propecia sexual side effects met with a multidistrict litigation (MDL) judge yesterday to discuss procedural matters and the upcoming structure of the trials. To date, only 18 Propecia lawsuits have been consolidated into the MDL; however, this number is expected to grow rapidly in the near future, as Propecia attorneys continue to review potential cases on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by the drug’s side effects. Click here to learn more.

Propecia Update 5/22/12: The parents of a former Propecia user who committed suicide after suffering from persistent sexual side effects is blaming the widely-prescribed hair loss treatment for their son’s action. Twenty-two-year-old Randy Santmann killed himself in 2008 within a week of being released from a psychiatric facility, and just six months after discontinuing treatment with Propecia. Click here to learn more.

Propecia Update 5/18/12: In an attempt to bring nationwide attention to the severe sexual complications caused by Propecia, a Las Vegas man has staked himself outside Merck’s headquarters in New Jersey. Kevin Malley, 30, began his self-proclaimed ‘hunger strike’ earlier this week, indicating that he had stopped eating on May 13 to protest Merck’s failure to acknowledge Propecia’s inherent dangers. Click here to learn more.

Propecia Lawsuit Update 5/9/12: The number of Propecia lawsuits filed on behalf of men who allegedly suffered serious sexual side effects from the drug continues to grow at a rapid pace, even as the litigation process is still in its infancy. Last month, all lawsuits involving Propecia filed in New Jersey state court were centralized before Judge Jessica R. Mayer in Middlesex County. Click here to learn more.

Propecia Lawsuit Update 4/17/12: The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation announced yesterday that it had decided to centralize the federal Propecia litigation before U.S. District Judge John Gleeson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Although the current consolidation will be limited to just nine federal Propecia lawsuits pending in courthouses around the country, experts expect this number to grow in response to Merck’s decision to update Propecia’s warning label to include information about the potential risk of persistent sexual side effects. Click here to learn more.

Propecia Update 4/12/12: The warning labels of Propecia and Proscar will be updated to include information about sexual side effects, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday. The administration’s action came in response to its review of hundreds of adverse event reports that had been linked to the drugs. Click here to learn more.

Propecia Prostate Cancer Update 3/19/12: Canadian health officials are warning the public that Propecia, Proscar and Avodart may be linked to an increased risk for developing high-grade prostate cancer. New information regarding this risk has been added to Canadian warning labels for these drugs. Click here to learn more.

Propecia Update 3/8/12: This week, the FDA expanded its safety review into Propecia’s sexual side effects, according to an article published today in the Examiner (examiner.com). While neither the FDA nor Merck has responded to the publication’s previously submitted questions about the drug, sources close to the investigation confirm that the administration has responded to hundreds of men who have inquired about Propecia’s potential for sexual side effects. Click here to learn more.

Numerous reports and recent studies have surfaced connecting Propecia to sexual dysfunction, erectile dysfunction, impotence, low libido, gynecomastia, breast cancer and prostate cancer.  In fact, in one ground breaking study (discussed below) researchers found these staggering percentages of Propecia-induced sexual side effects: 94% developed low libido, 92% developed erectile dysfunction, 92% developed decreased arousal, and 69% developed problems with orgasm.

PROPECIA SUICIDE WARNING: Please watch this heart wrenching video about a family who is grieving over the loss of their 22 year old son who committed suicide after taking Propecia and suffering from sexual dysfunction.  Do not let the depression associated with being diagnosed with sexual dysfunction destroy your life.  We can help and offer a Free CONFIDENTIAL Case Review.

Propecia Lawsuit Update 2/16/12: More than 50 people from 22 states have joined a lawsuit against Merck & Co. and its subsidiaries for failing to warn the public about the dangerous side effects associated with their male pattern baldness drugs. The complaint alleges that Propecia and Proscar, which contain the active ingredient finasteride, cause an “increased risk of persistent and/or serious and dangerous side effects.” Click here to learn more.

Propecia Update 2/7/12 – Merck Pulls Content Off Propecia.com – Mounting research and numerous case studies involving the serious side effects of Propecia (finasteride) have apparently prompted pharmaceutical giant Merck to pull its content from the company’s website. Although Merck has offered no explanation for the move, many have speculated that it might have something to do with the growing number of Propecia side effects lawsuits filed against the company in recent months. Click here to learn more.

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What’s the problem?

First approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997, Propecia (finasteride) is a popular prescription treatment manufactured by Merck for male pattern hair loss (MPHL). Finasteride is a highly potent inhibitor of Type II 5-Alpha Reductase, an intracellular enzyme that converts the weaker androgen, testosterone, into the more potent androgen, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Propecia has been shown to be effective in stopping hair loss, but only when taken on a persistent, ongoing basis.

When it first hit the market, Propecia was heavily marketed with the perception that men who were losing their hair also were losing their sex appeal. Merck made the pitch that by using the drug to replace hair loss, users would regain their attractiveness and youthful appearance. It is difficult to say how many men were influenced by this approach, but Propecia’s sales figures have been consistently impressive.

Unfortunately, Propecia has been associated with a number of adverse sexual side effects in multiple controlled studies. According to research conducted at the Center for Andrology and Division of Endocrinology at George Washington University, physicians treating MPHL should discuss the potential risk of persistent sexual side effects associated with Propecia. Among the studies findings:

Subjects reported new-onset persistent sexual dysfunction associated with the use of finasteride: 94% developed low libido, 92% developed erectile dysfunction, 92% developed decreased arousal, and 69% developed problems with orgasm. The mean number of sexual episodes per month dropped and the total sexual dysfunction score increased for before and after finasteride use according to the Arizona Sexual Experience Scale (P < 0.0001 for both). The mean duration of finasteride use was 28 months and the mean duration of persistent sexual side effects was 40 months from the time of finasteride cessation to the interview date.

Propecia Side Effects

Like all prescription products, Propecia may cause side effects. However, a significant number of men reported side effects including:

Other, less severe side effects associated with Propecia include:

  • breast tenderness
  • allergic reactions
  • rash
  • hives

Propecia Prostate Cancer

On June 9, 2011, the FDA issued a press release warning that Propecia may increase the risk for high-grade prostate cancer, the most aggressive and deadly form of the disease. The warning was based on the administration’s analysis of two large studies – the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT) and the Reduction by Dutasteride of Prostate Cancer Events (REDUCE) Trial – which showed that Propecia and other medications in the 5-alpha reductase inhibitor (5-ARI) class reduced the overall risk of getting prostate cancer but increased the chances of developing high-grade tumors. Signs and symptoms of Propecia-induced prostate cancer include:

  • urinary problems (not being able to urinate; having a hard time starting or stopping the flow of urine; needing to urinate often, especially at night; weak flow of urine; urine flow that starts and stops; pain or burning during urination)
  • difficulty achieving an erection
  • blood in the urine or semen
  • frequent pain in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs

Propecia Breast Cancer

In rare cases, male breast cancer has been found in Propecia users. Report any of the following signs and symptoms to your doctor immediately:

  • breast lumps
  • pain in the breast area
  • nipple discharge

Although the overall incidence of male breast cancer in clinical trials for Propecia was not significantly increased, a higher risk of male breast cancer with Propecia use cannot be excluded.

If you are taking Propecia

Propecia is designed for the treatment of male pattern hair loss in men only, and should not be taken by women, children, or anyone allergic to any of the ingredients. If a woman who is pregnant with a male baby absorbs the active ingredient in Propecia, it may cause abnormalities of a male baby’s sex organs. If a woman who is pregnant comes into contact with the active ingredient in Propecia, a doctor should be consulted immediately.

Do I have a Propecia Lawsuit?

The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Propecia lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new sexual dysfunction and cancer cases in all 50 states.

Taking a drug like Propecia to treat hair loss shouldn’t lead to permanent sexual side effects or cancer.  Our law firm is passionate about helping the large number of otherwise healthy men who have suffered (often in silence) from the serious mental, physical and sexual side effects of Propecia and the unfortunate men that have been diagnosed with cancer after taking the drug.

If you or a loved one has suffered from sexual dysfunction or been diagnosed with cancer after taking Propecia (finasteride) or Proscar, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help. We offer a Free Confidential Case Evaluation.

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