Losing more than a head of hair
Video Transcript for the Hearing Impaired:
Propecia (also known in generic form as finasteride) was FDA-approved in 1997 as a treatment for male pattern hair loss. The prescription medication prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestoterone (DHT), a natural male process that when limited has been shown to slow the rate of balding. While stopping the production of this compound can help men retain hair (and often self esteem), having DHT in the body is critical for sexual performance and normal functioning.
Unfortunately, what started as a helpful option to reverse this often difficult and personal sign of aging and give balding men a new lease on life, has now been linked to dangerous sexual side effects, including erectile dysfunction or impotence which may continue even after discontinued use of Propecia. Other reported serious and chronic side effects range from anxiety attacks, depression, memory loss and insomnia, to male breast cancer and prostate cancer.
A Case for Negligence
While Propecia manufacturer Merck & Co. claims side effects occurred in less than 2% of men taking the drug and stopped altogether when use of the drug was discontinued, other medical journal reports and studies have shown significantly higher percentages for erectile dysfunction and reduced libido after Propecia use.
Current lawsuits claim that Merck failed to warn patients of possible permanent sexual side effects, an ethical oversight that is clearly detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the community at large. While we know that Merck started receiving reports of severe side effects right after the drug hit the market in the late 1990s, it took until 2008 for the company to change warning labels in some European countries, and until a 2011 FDA order before Merck altered Propecia labels in the U.S.
What You Can Do
If you are among the millions of men who have taken Propecia to prevent male pattern baldness and have experienced any of these debilitating and ongoing side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Romano Law Group are here to listen to your story and help you understand how to recoup damages for your unjustified pain and suffering. Here’s where to start:
- If you have ever taken Propecia, or a generic product with finasteride, and have been diagnosed with a sexual-health problem, contact us today for additional information.
- With a long history in prescription medication mass tort, the lawyers at Romano can help you understand Florida’s statute of limitations and determine if you have grounds for inclusion in a group lawsuit or individual case against Merck.
- If you do have a legitimate case, our attorneys will guide you through the process, from building your legal case to taking home adequate compensation for your physical and emotional losses.
If you think you are suffering abnormal permanent side effects from using Propecia or another product containing finasteride, please call us to learn more about your legal options.