The federal judge overseeing the recently-created Propecia multidistrict litigation (MDL) is preparing for an increase in future cases as lawsuits around the country are consolidated before him in federal court. The Propecia MDL, which was centralized before Judge John Gleeson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in April 2012, currently includes about 18 lawsuits, but industry insiders predict this number will rise into the hundreds or even thousands before the litigation process is complete. All of the claims involve similar allegations that drugmaker Merck knew – or should have known – about Propecia’s ability to cause severe, potentially irreversible sexual side effects, but that it failed to warn both the public as well as the medical communities about these risks.
Free Propecia Lawsuit Evaluation: 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 suit against the manufacturer of Propecia and we can help.
What’s the problem?
On June 22, 2012, Judge Gleeson issued a court order establishing the leadership structure of the plaintiffs’ attorneys in the Propecia MDL. He appointed:
- five lawyers to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee
- 10 attorneys to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
- two lawyers to serve as Co-Liaison counsel
Attorneys in these roles are responsible for acting on behalf of the plaintiffs, guiding the litigation process, taking testimony, responding to court inquiries, and coordinating filed motions.
MDLs are often implemented in complex pharmaceutical litigation when a large number of cases are filed involving a single product and similar allegations. Unlike a class action lawsuit, each Propecia claim in the MDL remains its own case, and each one is decided separately. However, pretrial proceedings and discovery are combined and handled by a single judge. MDLs are intended to streamline the litigation process, move things along as quickly as possible, and to serve the convenience of all parties involved.
First approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997, Propecia (generic: finasteride) is a widely-prescribed hair loss treatment manufactured and marketed by pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. By 1997, Merck was reportedly spending $125 million on direct-to-consumer advertising to appeal to men who were losing their hair. Unfortunately, over the past several years, Propecia has been increasingly linked to a large number of serious sexual side effects including erectile dysfunction, impotence, impaired sex drive, reduced sperm count, as well as non-sexual complications like depression.
Although the original Propecia warning label stated that these side effects were rare and temporary, subsequent studies have found that nearly 40% of users experienced negative side effects from the drug, and 50% of these men continued to suffer complications even after they quit using the drug. Sadly, 20% of former Propecia users reported experiencing adverse side effects for five years or more after discontinuing treatment.
Want to learn more about Propecia side effects?
Please visit our home page where we provide an overview of the Propecia lawsuit. Here we have posted a number of videos, links to studies and research, and related information: Propecia Lawsuit
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.
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.
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.