January 23, 2013 — There are at least 390 Propecia lawsuits currently pending in state and federal court, and new lawsuits continued to be filed at a consistent pace. All of the lawsuits allege that Merck & Co., the manufacturer of Propecia, failed to adequately warn about the risk of debilitating complications that can persist for months, years, or indefinitely after a man discontinues Propecia. Long-lasting injuries include sexual dysfunction, cognitive impairment, depression, and physical disfigurement like enlarged male breast tissue (gynecomastia).
The latest lawsuit was filed in December 2012 by a Florida man who used Propecia in September 2009, when he was 29 years old. He alleges that he had no sexual or psychological problems before taking the drug, but after he used it, he developed both conditions.
Another lawsuit was filed in October 2012 by a plaintiff who used Propecia between May 20, 2000 and November 11, 2011. He alleges that he continues to suffer from persistent sexual dysfunction despite discontinuing Propecia.
Since a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) was created in April 2012, new Propecia lawsuits have been transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York before Judge John Gleeson. The MDL contains 139 lawsuits. There are also 251 Propecia lawsuits currently pending in state court in New Jersey, where Merck & Co. is headquartered. The number of federal lawsuits continues to grow.
Most of the lawsuits cite growing evidence regarding the persistent nature of Propecia side effects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated the warnings on Propecia in April 2012 to include new warnings about persistent erectile dysfunction, orgasm disorders, ejaculation disorders, and decreased libido.
Furthermore, several studies conducted by Dr. Michael Irwig of George Washington University have suggested a wide range of persistent side effects. His most recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in August 2012, found that the majority of his subjects who reported at least three months of persistent sexual dysfunction also had symptoms of depression. Dr. Irwig has also published studies suggesting that Propecia sexual dysfunction may actually be permanent.
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