The male pattern hair loss drug Propecia has recently been linked in studies to high-grade prostate cancer. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has required that the Warnings and Precautions section of the labels of Propecia and other 5-alpha reductase inhibitor (5-ARI) drugs be updated to include information about this risk. Other drugs included in the 5-ARI class with Propecia are Proscar, Avodart and Jalyn.
Propecia Prostate Cancer Update 3/19/12: Canadian health officials are warning the public that Propecia, Proscar and Avodart may be linked to an increased risk for developing high-grade prostate cancer. New information regarding this risk has been added to Canadian warning labels for these drugs. Click here to learn more.
Propecia Lawsuit Update 2/16/12: More than 50 people from 22 states have joined a lawsuit against Merck & Co. and its subsidiaries for failing to warn the public about the dangerous side effects associated with their male pattern baldness drugs. The complaint alleges that Propecia and Proscar, which contain the active ingredient finasteride, cause an “increased risk of persistent and/or serious and dangerous side effects.” Click here to learn more.
Free Propecia Case 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 lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
One of the most popular approaches to reversing baldness on the market today is Merck’s best-selling hair loss drug Propecia. All drugs and medications come with the risk of side effects, but in the case of Propecia, recent research indicates that using the drug can lead to high-grade prostate cancer.
On June 9, 2011, federal health officials issued a warning that Propecia and other drugs used to treat the prostate gland and baldness may increase the risk for high-grade prostate cancer, the most deadly form of the disease. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert stating that 5-alpha reductase inhibitor medications may significantly increase the risk of the disease in users who had taken the drugs over an extended period of time. The press release was based on FDA’s review of two large studies – the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT) and the Reduction by Dutasteride of Prostate Cancer Events (REDUCE) Trial – which showed that the drugs reduced the overall risk of getting prostate cancer but increased the chances of developing high-grade tumors.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing healthcare professionals that the Warnings and Precautions section of the labels for the 5-alpha reductase inhibitor (5-ARI) class of drugs has been revised to include new safety information about the increased risk of being diagnosed with a more serious form of prostate cancer (high-grade prostate cancer). This risk appears to be low, but healthcare professionals should be aware of this safety information, and weigh the known benefits against the potential risks when deciding to start or continue treatment with 5-ARIs in men.”
Propecia was first approved by the FDA in 1997 as a hair replacement medication. The drug works by inhibiting dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – a key cause of hair loss – in a man’s scalp. DHT is a substance in the body that can shrink the hair follicle until it no longer produces visible hair. Reducing DHT appears to inhibit the further shrinking of affected hair follicles. Propecia is approved for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and male pattern baldness (MPB).
Propecia Side Effects
In addition to being linked to a risk of high-grade prostate cancer, Propecia has also been linked to the following serious side effects:
- erectile dysfunction
- low libido
- male breast cancer
- genital shrinkage
- penile fibrosis (Payronie’s Disease)
- body disfigurement
- endocrine system failure
According to a study published in the March 2010 issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, up to 23 percent of patients who used finasteride experienced adverse sexual side effects. In fact, more than half of the study’s participants had persistent issues that did not stop when continuing the use of the drug. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we believe that Merck should be held accountable for any harm they are legally responsible for and that victims should be justly compensated for their damages due to Propecia side effects. Compensation may be available for:
- unpaid medical bills
- emotional suffering
- permanent injuries
- diminished quality of life
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.