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Propecia Causes Lingering Sexual Problems

Written by Ankin Law Office

Male pattern baldness is a common ailment, and many men choose to treat the condition with medication. Unfortunately, it seems that many men who choose to treat male pattern baldness by taking the drug finisteride, which is more commonly known as Propecia, may do so at the risk of their sexual health.

Studies have shown that as many as 39% of men may experience side effects after using Propecia. Moreover, a 2003 study found that of the men who did experience sexual side effects, 50% continued to suffer these side effects even after they discontinued use of Propecia. A study at the George Washington University found that men continued to experience sexual side effects for an average of 40 months after they had stopped taking the drug. According to this Huffington Post article, a new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reveals that Propecia may have negative effects on sexual function months and years after a man has stopped taking the drug.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration imposed a requirement that Propecia and Proscar, a drug used to treat enlarged prostate that also includes finisteride, include warnings of sexual side effects. Propecia’s label must now include warnings about possible problems with libido, ejaculation, and orgasms that may continue after use of the drug has ended. Proscar’s label is required to include notification of decreased libido. Both drugs must include a description of reports of male infertility and poor semen quality that has improved after use of the drugs was stopped.

Several lawsuits have been filed against Merck, the manufacturer of Propecia, based on allegations that Merck failed to warn consumers of the risk of persistent erectile dysfunction until 2011 – which is 14 years after the drug was placed on the market. Regulators in Europe demanded that Merck change its label for the European market to include warnings in 2008, but the company did not add the warnings in the U.S. market until last year.

Federal Propecia lawsuits were consolidated into an MDL, or multidistrict litigation, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York under Judge John Gleeson. A mass tort has been established at the state level in the Superior Court of Middlesex County of New Jersey under Judge Jessica R. Mayer.

The purpose of the MDL is to resolve common factual issues and to simplify the discovery process. The lawsuits are consolidated for purposes of discover y and pre-trial procedures, but, unlike a class action, each plaintiff maintains his or her individual claim. Conversely, in a class action, the similarly situated plaintiffs’ claims are pursued jointly as a class with a representative plaintiff named to represent the interests of the class.

If you or a loved one has suffered sexual side effects after taking Propecia, contact the skilled Chicago-based unsafe pharmaceutical drug lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your Propecia product liability lawsuit.

Categories: Product Liability