Viagra Melanoma Lawsuit Filed in Tennessee

Viagra Melanoma Lawsuit Filed in TennesseeJune 8, 2015 — A man from Tennessee who developed invasive melanoma (skin cancer) after using Viagra for over a decade has filed a lawsuit against Pfizer for failing to warn about the risk.

The lawsuit (PDF) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee (Case No. 2:15-CV-00154) on June 1.

The plaintiff, Robert Eubanks, was prescribed Viagra for erectile dysfunction in 2000 at his doctor’s recommendation. He took it regularly until 2013, when he switched to Cialis. In November 2012, he was diagnosed with melanoma on his back. The cancer later spread to his thyroid and lymph node under his left arm.

According to the complaint:

“Had [Pfizer] properly disclosed the melanoma-related risks associated with Viagra, Robert Eubanks would have avoided the risk of developing melanoma by not using Viagra at all, severely limiting the dosage and length of its use, and more closely monitoring the degree to which the Viagra was adversely affecting his health.”

The lawsuit cites a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in June 2014. Out of nearly 26,000 participants, men who used Viagra had an 84% increased risk of invasive melanoma. The study also found that if men had ever used Viagra, they were twice as likely to develop melanoma compared to men who never used Viagra.

It is important to note that the study did not prove that Viagra causes melanoma. The researchers said Viagra “may be associated with an increased risk of developing melanoma,” but said more research is needed before they could recommend a label change.

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