April 12, 2012 – The warning labels of Merck’s controversial prescription drugs 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. In addition to sexual side effects, both Propecia and Proscar have been increasingly associated with male breast cancer, prostate cancer, body disfigurement, and endocrine system failure.
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.
Free Propecia / Proscar 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 Merck and we can help.
What’s the problem?
According to the FDA, Propecia’s new warning label will include information about libido, orgasm and ejaculation disorders that persist even after patients stop taking the drug. Proscar’s warning will reportedly be limited to decreased libido. The labels of both drugs will include reports of infertility and poor semen quality that normalized when users discontinued treatment with the medications.
“Despite the fact that clear causal links between finasteride (Propecia and Proscar) and sexual adverse events have not been established, the cases suggest a broader range of adverse effects than previously reported in patients taking these drugs,” the FDA said in its statement.
The administration analyzed 421 Propecia sexual dysfunction adverse event reports from 1998 to 2011. Of these, 59 reported that the side effects lasted longer than three months after discontinuing treatment with the drug. Additionally, the FDA reviewed 131 cases of erectile dysfunction and 68 cases of decreased libido associated with Proscar from 1992 to 2010.
Propecia is used alone or in combination with other drugs to treat male pattern hair loss, a common condition in which men have a gradual thinning of hair on the scalp which leads to a receding hairline or balding on the top of the head. Proscar is prescribed to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy, a condition caused by the enlargement of the prostate gland. Both Propecia and Proscar contain the active ingredient finasteride, and are manufactured and marketed by Merck & Co.
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