Propecia Attorney

Pharmaceutical giant Merck introduced Propecia to the market in December of 1997 as a treatment for hair loss, specifically male pattern baldness. The development of the treatment came about quite by chance, about five years earlier, when Merck noticed that a certain number of patients who were undergoing testing and trial runs of the prostate drug Proscar were experiencing the side effect of increased hair growth.

The drug’s developers were able to isolate the side effect to a single, active pharmaceutical ingredient called finasteride. Merck simply lowered the finasteride doses of Proscar and released the “new” medication under the brand name of Propecia and marketed it as a cure for male pattern baldness.

Unfortunately, this was done despite there being a recognizable percentage of test patients who showed signs of serious side effects associated with the primary pharmaceutical ingredient. If you believe you were harmed by this drug, you should contact a Propecia lawyer today.

Only a well-qualified attorney who has handled complex product liability and injury cases will be equipped to answer your specific questions. For a general review of the drug’s risks, please refer to the following information.

Side Effects Linked to Propecia

Once the treatment was released for widespread use, a significant number of the 440,000 men using Propecia began experiencing significant side effects, most of which are related to sexual problems that persisted even after users stop taking the popular hair loss drug. The side effects now known to be associated with Propecia include:

  • Testicular Pain
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Male Breast Growth
  • Loss of Libido
  • Low Sperm Count
  • Impotence
  • Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer

Although Merck was alerted to these life-changing side effects before releasing Propecia, the pharmaceutical manufacturer failed to properly warn the medical community and unsuspecting patients, many of whom likely would not have risked their health if the side effects were known in advance. Thus, Merck’s desire for profits appeared to outweigh the health and safety of its customers.

Propecia is Not a Life-Saving Drug

Male pattern baldness is a perfectly normal and natural occurrence and is largely considered a cosmetic issue that affects a significant portion of the population.

Although hair loss may give some men an appearance that some may find undesirable, most men suffering from baldness would agree that the promise of a fuller head of hair does not justify risks to their reproductive and sexual health.

It is, therefore, imperative that a pharmaceutical company sufficiently warns their customers and the medical community about the possible risks associated with the use of a medication used to treat a surface or cosmetic issue.

As a result of Merck’s negligence in failing to warn of potentially devastating side effects, thousands of former users have pursued successful litigation against the drug company. Through this successful litigation, former Propecia users are obtaining compensation for the harms and losses they suffered as a result of using the hair loss treatment.

In the process, they are ensuring that pharmaceutical companies are held accountable for neglecting public safety in the quest for higher profits, which makes the marketplace safer for everyone.

Aggressive Ad Campaigns Lack Warning

Since originally releasing Propecia onto the market as a cure for male pattern baldness, Merck has initiated aggressive direct-to-consumer advertising campaigns promoting their breakthrough product. In fact, Merck was spending $125 million a year in advertising Propecia within two years after receiving US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to sell the product.

Furthermore, the entire time Merck was advertising the drug, no warnings were given that disclosed the potential side effects associated with Propecia.

Merck failed in their responsibility to warn customers of the potentially harmful side effects of the drug. Moreover, when confronted with instances of serious side effects suffered by patients, the company even went so far as to deny and brush them off.

Merck argues that they did release warnings in the US that suggested the sexual side effects of Propecia were only witnessed by a small percentage of men, and that these same men reported that the side effects went away after stopping use of the medication.

However, these statements have been proven to be extremely misleading and deceptive, and they were only released after side effects were reported to the FDA.

In addition, Merck did not disclose that a significant number of men continued to suffer from these damaging and irreversible side effects long after they stopped using the drug. According to the FDA, the drug poses an increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer with 5-alpha inhibitors and other adverse reactions. You can read more about that here.

Call a Propecia Lawyer Today

Propecia users who have suffered from any of the adverse sexual side effects that have been proven to be associated with the medication, or more serious side effects such as prostate cancer, should contact an attorney who is familiar with medical malpractice litigation. This kind of experience is key to ensuring the best chances for proper recompense for the harms and losses caused by Merck’s ruthless drive for bigger profits.

It is important to remember that you must have taken the name brand drug, not a generic equivalent, in order to have a potentially successful claim. Price Benowitz LLP can help you retain the services of a dedicated Propecia lawyer, one who will fight aggressively for your rights and who won’t be intimidated or swayed the drug company’s legal team and diversionary tactics.