Are you a man who was diagnosed with cancer, sexual side effects or gynecomastia after taking the finasteride-containing medications Propecia or Proscar? If so, you may have a case against the manufacturers of this drug.
Free Finasteride Class Action Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by the side effects of finasteride, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Merck & Co. and we can help.
What is Finasteride?
Finasteride (Proscar, Propecia & generics) is a prescription drug used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and male pattern baldness (MPB). It belongs to a class of drugs called type II 5a-reductase inhibitors that work by blocking the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Proscar was approved in 1992 and Propecia was approved in 1997.
Sexual Side Effects
Finasteride has been linked to sexual side effects that have been reported to persist for months or years, even after patients quit taking the drug. These side effects include:
- less desire for sex
- erectile dysfunction (ED)
- decrease in semen produced
- ejaculation disorders
- testicular pain
- genital shrinkage
- penile fibrosis (Payronie’s Disease)
Finasteride and Cancer
Finasteride has also been associated with high-grade prostate cancer. This is the most deadly form of cancer since it is very aggressive and grows fast — even into surrounding areas such as lymph nodes and bones. As a result of these problems, in June 2011 the FDA announced that it was requiring finasteride-containing medications to have their labels updated with information about prostate cancer.
By blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT, finasteride creates a hormonal imbalance that can cause the enlargement of male breast tissue (gynecomastia). This condition, which is also known as “man boobs”, is not a serious medical issue. However, it may be psychologically difficult to cope with. Apart from affecting self-confidence and causing embarrassment, some males may also experience pain in their breasts.
About Finasteride Class Action Lawsuits
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Finasteride Class Action suit and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of individuals and/or their family members that have been injured after taking finasteride.
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Finasteride Lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Finasteride 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 Finasteride Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new sexual side effects, cancer and gynecomastia cases in all 50 states.
Free Finasteride Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by finasteride side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Finasteride Suit and we can help.