Men who took the drug finasteride, also marketed as Propecia, for male pattern baldness, are suing Merck & Co. saying the drug caused permanent sexual dysfunction as well as emotional and mental difficulties. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the suit alleges that Merck knew about the side effects but failed to add a warning in the U.S. or in Canada. http://www.philly.com/philly/health_and_science/20110316_Drug_to_combat_male_baldness_affecting_sexual_function.html
Finasteride (Proscar) is used to treat enlargement of the prostate gland by blocking the body’s production of a male hormone that causes the prostate to enlarge. Finasteride (Propecia) is used to treat male pattern hair loss by blocking the body’s production of a male hormone in the scalp that stops hair growth.
Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men and is caused by hormones and genetic predisposition.
Although Merck claims that symptoms only occur in 2% of men, the lawsuit claims that Propecia’s side effects, including sexual dysfunction, anxiety and insomnia, may even remain years after the men stop using the medication.
A company is obligated to make a safe product, which includes thoroughly inspecting the product and having an appropriate label on the packaging. If you have been injured due to an unsafe drug, it is extremely important that you hire a skilled PA drug injury attorney to prove that the manufacturer was responsible for producing a defective product. Cherry Injury Law have extensive experience representing people in similar matters. Contact them today for a free consultation.