April 17, 2015 — The number of lawsuits involving persistent sexual side effects of Propecia continues to climb in a centralized federal litigation.
An update provided by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) reports that 744 lawsuits remain pending in MDL No. 2331 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, overseen by Judge John Gleeson.
All of the lawsuits accuse the manufacturer of Propecia, Merck & Co., of failing to adequately warn about the risk of persistent sexual side effects.
The label on Propecia states:
“A small number of men experienced certain sexual side effects, such as less desire for sex, difficulty in achieving an erection, or a decrease in the amount of semen. Each of these side effects occurred in less than 2% of men and went away in men who stopped taking Propecia because of them.”
Unfortunately, many men say they they are suffering from sexual side effects that did not go away as soon as Propecia was discontinued.
In 2011, the FDA updated the label on Propecia to include persistent erectile dysfunction.
In 2012, the FDA updated the label on Propecia to include a wider range of sexual side effects, including libido disorders, ejaculation disorders, and orgasm disorders that persisted after discontinuation of Propecia.
Just after this FDA warning, a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that persistent sexual dysfunction could last for months or even years.
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