Recent studies have found a link between tadalafil, the active ingredient in Adcirca, and the development of melanoma skin cancer.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed melanoma after taking Adcirca, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What is Adcirca?
Adcirca is used for the treatment of peripheral arterial hypertension (PAH), a condition characterized by high blood pressure in the arteries that go from the heart to the lungs. The medicine is classified as a phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor (PDE-5), and works by relaxing certain blood vessels, which increases blood flow to the lungs and lowers blood pressure. Adcirca is made by Eli Lilly, and was approved by the FDA in May 2009.
What’s the Problem?
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in April 2014 identified a link between melanoma and Viagra, another PDE5 inhibitor medication in the same class as Adcirca. The researchers found that men who used Viagra were 84% more likely to be diagnosed with the most serious form of skin cancer compared to men who did not use the medicine. Subsequent research has confirmed this link, suggesting that use of PDE5 inhibitors may create an atmosphere where melanoma is able to grow easier.
- Mole on the skin that grows, changes shape or turns different colors
- Mole that looks scaly, oozes or starts bleeding
- Dark spot on the skin that looks like a mole, but grows rapidly
- Pain, itch, or bleeding in a newly-formed spot on the skin
- Streak underneath a fingernail or toenail
- Bruise on the foot that does not heal
Have There Been Any Settlements?
While a growing number of lawsuits are being filed over melanoma alleged from tadalafil-containing medications, this litigation remains in its early stages and there have been no reports of manufacturers offering settlements. While our lawyers feel that these companies will eventually have to pay significant compensation to men who developed skin cancer after using the drugs, a substantial amount of discovery remains before the value of the cases can be determined, and it will likely take several years before the first settlements are reached.
Adcirca Side Effects
- Skin cancer (melanoma)
- Changes in vision / sudden vision loss
- Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
- Sudden hearing loss
- Chest pain or heavy feeling
- General ill feeling (malaise)
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in the hands or feet
- Seizure (convulsions)
- Penis erection that is painful or lasts 4 hours or longer (priapism)
Do I have an Adcirca Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Adcirca lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new melanoma cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got skin cancer from Adcirca, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.