You didn’t want to lose your hair. When your doctor suggested a prescription medication that could treat your male pattern baldness, you were eager to give it a try. The medication, Propecia, had the approval of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and could potentially solve a problem that was bothering you, but what you didn’t know then was that the use of Propecia could come at a significant cost.
The Potential Side Effects of Propecia
Propecia is FDA-approved to treat male pattern baldness in adult men. However, the drug has been linked to some potentially serious side effects, such as:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Prostate cancer
- Breast cancer
These side effects can be long-lasting, they can be painful, they can be life-changing, and, for some men, they may be fatal.
Lawsuits Have Been Filed: Could You Have One?
As of March 2015, several lawsuits have been filed against Merck, the company that makes Propecia. The lawsuits include more than 700 cases that are part of multi-district litigation and a wrongful death case. The plaintiffs in these cases allege that Merck failed to adequately warn patients about the potential for serious side effects such as those described above.
If you took Propecia without knowing the true risks associated with the medication and you suffered one of the serious side effects from this drug, then you too could have a potential legal claim.
If you had access to all of the relevant information, would you have taken Propecia to treat your hair loss or would you (or your loved one) have made a different decision? If you’ve been hurt, or if your husband, son, or father has died from a Propecia side-effect, then you have nothing to lose by getting more information about your legal rights so that you can protect your recovery.