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. “Don’t take this drug. It’s just like playing Russian roulette. It’s not worth it,” Randy’s father John Santmann said following a protest at Merck’s headquarters in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.
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.
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Malley is the editor in charge of propeciahelp.com, a website dedicated to informing the public about the health complications associated with finasteride, the active ingredient contained in Propecia and Proscar, Merck’s popular drug used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate.
Among the most devastating side effects of the drugs are impotence, erectile dysfunction, and ejaculation disorders, which for some men have been reported to continue long after they stop taking the medications. These and other sexual side effects are the subject of a number of class action lawsuits in the United States and Canada. Individual claims have been filed in at least seven different federal court districts.
Last month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Merck to update Propecia and Proscar warning labels to include information about persistent decreased libido, ejaculation and orgasm disorders, as well mention reports of male infertility and poor semen quality that returned to normal after patients quit the drugs. In a press release regarding the label changes, the FDA stated that the complications were experienced by approximately 3.8% of users, compared to just 2.1% who received a placebo in a controlled clinical trial.
John Santmann said Propecia made his son Randy not only impotent, but severely despondent as well.
“He wasn’t really depressed. He was in a zombie state. He didn’t want to live in this mentally crippled state. … “I think this whole thing is another example of big business getting away with murder,” he said.
Santmann, a former Propecia user who is suffering from some of the same side effects that led his son to kill himself, said the FDA’s label change is “still grossly inadequate” because it fails to mention the severe psychological complications experienced by some users.
“This is not for a medical purpose,” he said, describing Propecia’s intended use as a hair loss treatment. “It’s for a cosmetic purpose.”
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