Propecia Lawsuits Consolidated
Written by Faith Anderson on April 18, 2012
New Warnings for Propecia Side Effects
Propecia is a popular hair loss drug used by many men to treat male pattern baldness. The active ingredient in Propecia is finasteride, a drug that was originally approved by the FDA in 1992 under the brand name Proscar, a treatment for enlarged prostate. In 1997, the FDA approved finasteride as Propecia, a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor that treats hair loss by blocking a hormone called dihydrotestosterone. Although prior side effect warnings associated with Propecia indicated that these problems typically resolve once the medication is discontinued, many men have continued to suffer from sexual dysfunction side effects long after use of the drug is stopped.
Propecia Lawsuits for Sexual Dysfunction Side Effects
All of the Propecia complaints affected by the MDL involve similar allegations that drug maker Merck failed to adequately warn that Propecia side effects could cause long-term sexual dysfunction in men who use the hair loss drug, some of which may persist even after use of the drug is discontinued. Potential Propecia side effects include erectile dysfunction, impotence, infertility and loss of libido. In addition to the recent federal consolidation of Propecia complaints, a number of Propecia lawsuits have been filed at the state level. In March, the Supreme Court of New Jersey centralized all lawsuits filed in the state before Superior Court Judge Jessica R. Mayer in Middlesex County, but declined to classify the Propecia litigation as a mass tort.