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Lawsuit- Propecia Causes Impotence

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susan_harr6 years ago

Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging the drug maker failed to warn consumers about the sexual side effects associated with Propecia, their popular mail pattern baldness drug. The men who filed suit are charging Merck with failure to warn, negligence, strict product liability, and breach of warranty. They are seeking $100,000, plus punitive damages and court costs for injuries from side effects as well as emotional distress and anxiety.

Propecia Study

The men are not alone in their claims. The sexual side effects of Propecia (finasteride) have been well-documented in recent months. A study published by the Journal of Sexual Medicine in March reported that a number of men experienced severe sexual side effects from taking the hair loss drug. About the study:

  • Researchers interviewed 71 men, ages 21-46, who took Propecia
  • The men interviewed complained of sexual side effects from taking Propecia
  • 94% of these men developed low libido
  • 92% developed erectile dysfunction
  • 92% developed decreased arousal
  • 69% developed problems with orgasms after taking the hair loss drug for an average of 28 months
  • A small percentage of men experienced symptoms even after they stopped taking the medication

About Propecia

  • Approved by the FDA in 1992
  • Used to treat male-pattern baldness
  • Main active ingredient is finasteride (a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor)  
  • 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors have been linked to erectile dysfunction, impotence, loss of sexual desire, and depression
  • In 2008, Propecia sales earned $429 million for Merck & Co.
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