Propecia Lawsuits Mounting Against Merck
The number of lawsuits filed against Merck & Co. by users of its hair-loss medication Propecia is on the rise. For the second consecutive quarter, a double-digit increase was registered in the number of suits filed against the drug manufacturer.
The Examiner reports that since the previous quarter ended June 31, there has been a 32.5 percent increase in the number of lawsuits that allege that users experience persistent sexual side effects even after stopping treatment with finasteride, which is found in both the hair-loss medication and Proscar, a drug used to treat enlarged prostrate.
Propecia can be effective for slowing hair loss in some men. However, it has also been shown to subject those taking it to side effects, including:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Erectile dysfunction
- Male Infertility
- Breast enlargement and even breast cancer in men
According to Merck’s quarterly report, almost 265 product liability suits involving the drug have been filed against it by more than 400 plaintiffs for the period ending September 30, 2012, reports the Examiner .