In an attempt to bring nationwide attention to the severe sexual complications caused by Merck’s blockbuster hair loss treatment Propecia, a Las Vegas man has staked himself outside the company’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. Over the past several months, Propecia has been increasingly linked to a wide range of potentially-irreversible sexual side effects, as well as to prostate cancer, male breast cancer, and severe psychological disorders.
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.
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What’s the problem?
May 18, 2012 – Commenting on why he decided to protest in front of Merck’s headquarters, Malley claimed that Propecia had destroyed his life since he started using the drug last year to slow his hair loss. After just five months of treatment, he said he began suffering from crippling bouts of erectile dysfunction and near complete loss of libido.
Although Malley stopped taking Propecia more than eight months ago, he says the sexual complications have remained, and that he has begun to suffer severe memory loss and spatial disorientation. Malley blames Propecia (generic: finasteride) for his fiancée breaking off their engagement, as well as for losing his job due to his inability to remember or concentrate.
“I want Merck to see how their drug is destroying lives — and know that I’m just one of thousands of victims suffering across the globe,” Malley said in a press release.
In all, Propecia has been linked to a shocking number of serious side effects, which include:
- Genital shrinkage
- Penile fibrosis (Peyronie’s disease)
- Less desire for sex
- Ejaculation disorders
- Testicular Pain
- Decrease in the amount of semen
- Body disfigurement
- Endocrine system failure
- Male breast cancer
- Breast lumps
- Breast pain
- Nipple discharge
- Prostate cancer
- Memory loss
- Slurring of speech
- Dissociative states
For years, Propecia warning labels in the United States claimed these complications were temporary. Although Merck updated labels in other countries with verbiage indicating that some side effects may be permanent, the company failed to do so in the U.S. until earlier this year.
Malley claims that he has attempted to contact Merck about his condition, known as post-finasteride syndrome, on numerous occasions, but was told the company could do nothing for him.
A growing number of Propecia lawsuits are being filed against Merck in courthouses around the country alleging that the company failed to adequately warn the public about the risks associated with its blockbuster drug. Many of the plaintiffs have suggested that if they had been made aware of these potential complications, they would have never taken the drug in the first place.
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Remember, taking a drug like Propecia to treat hair loss shouldn’t lead to permanent sexual dysfunction or cancer. Our law firm is passionate about helping the large number of otherwise healthy men who have suffered from the serious and potentially irreversible side effects of Propecia.
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