Propecia Lawsuit Update in 2018 – Bellwether Trials Imminent

Drug Injury

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting Propecia cases.  This article is for historical purposes only.

It is estimated that up to 40 percent of all men will experience some form of hair loss after the age of 35, ostensibly caused by an increase in DHT, a byproduct of the breakdown of testosterone, or the classic male hormone that is responsible for male features such as the growth of facial hair, a deep voice, social dominance, aggression and other similar male traits. Scientists discovered by accident that a drug they were developing for the treatment of the enlargement of the prostate was able to regrow hair. Upon making this discovery, they tweaked the dosage amount of this drug and remarketed it as a male pattern baldness drug. However, as the years went by, thousands upon thousands of men discovered that the drug they once thought was a silver bullet with regard to balding came with severe and life-threatening side-effects.

Are you looking for an attorney who handles Propecia lawsuits and settlements in 2017? If so, please give us a call today at 1(773) 985-5139 for more information on your legal options for compensation. To date, there are close to 2000 claims that are set to be consolidated so they can be heard in the near future as part of a special type of class action lawsuit called multidistrict litigation. If you suffered suicidal ideation, developed breasts as a male, suffered sexual dysfunction or cancer, you may be eligible for compensation. Please call our Propecia attorneys today at 1(773) 985-5139 to learn more about your legal options for compensation.

Propecia – an Unlikely Chance Encounter

Propecia first made its foray into the market in 1992 as a drug that could help men deal with benign prostatic hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate. It was prescribed at 5 milligrams per day, and worked fairly well at controlling and treating this condition which is associated with the development of prostate cancer. A chance discovery led to its reformulation and subsequent prescription to 400,000 men sometime in the late nineties once it was approved for the treatment of male pattern baldness.

Does Propecia Regrow Hair? Here’s The Science Behind It

Propecia is a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor, which basically means it stops the action of a specific enzyme which converts the male hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. It is thought that the former compound leads to inflammation and the loss of hair follicles in the area just above one’s forehead in a recessive manner. It has been shown that men who are bald have more DHT on their scalp when compared to those that had a full head of hair.

How Was Propecia Discovered?

Finasteride is the active chemical in Propecia, and it is a carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen organic compound with a molar mass of 372.549 grams per molecule. It is taken by mouth, and can not only cross the blood-brain barrier, but it can also bind to plasma protein by up to 90 percent. In 1974, Julianne Imperato-McGinley, discovered that Caribbean children who were born with sexually ambiguous genitalia at birth and raised as girls developed typical male characteristics once they reached puberty and grew external male genitalia. These children had a genetic mutation which led to a deficiency in 5-alpha reductase as well as dihydrotestosterone, and were also observed to have smaller, underdeveloped prostates, making them impervious to male pattern baldness. Another doctor saw the research material from this study and decided to formulate a drug that could have the same effects that were seen in these 5-alpha reductase deficient children. The drug was then developed and named MK-906 before being approved by the FDA in 1992.

Are Finasteride Side Effects Reversible?

A few years after the release of Propecia, the FDA started receiving hundreds of reports that talked about sexual dysfunction due to taking the drug. In fact, individuals complained that they were experiencing prolonged sexual dysfunction lasting over three months even after they stopped taking Propecia. Those that took higher doses also reported erectile dysfunction, abnormal ejaculation, weakness, dizziness, impotence and marked decrease in sexual desire.

Additional side-effects associated with Propecia include:

  • Swollen or tender breasts
  • Skin rash
  • Runny nose
  • The sensation of almost passing out or fainting
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Swollen feet and hands.

Propecia Side Effects – The FDA Chimes In

A Journal of Sexual Medicine study published in 2011 discovered that persistent sexual dysfunction, libido loss and erectile dysfunction could continue for years even after stopping Propecia. The following year, the FDA ordered that the makers of Propecia change their labeling to include this worrying sexual side effect. The federal agency also required that the pharmaceutical company warn individuals taking Propecia about the permanence of these sexual side effects. It is alleged that Merck, the drug’s manufacturer, knew about this side effect, shown by the company’s willingness to add warnings on the same on Propecia slated for the Swedish market.

Propecia Lawsuit Settlement Likely – Defendant Gearing Up to Respond To Accusations

Merck is accused of strict liability with regard to the promotion, sale and design of Propecia as well as breaching warranty to consumers, engaging in negligent drug design and advertising, fraud with regard to the risk posed by Propecia as well as the violation of law surrounding trade practices as they relate to the sale and promotion of the drug. In addition, the drug company is accused by counsel representing plaintiff of the negligent infliction of emotional distress on their clients due to their dangerous drug.

Propecia Lawsuit Update 2018 – Speak To a Propecia Bellwether Trials Attorney Today!

If you or a loved one has taken Finasteride in the form of Propecia, you may be able to collect compensation. Please give us a call today at 1(773) 985-5139 to learn more about your options. Don’t wait: there are deadlines which you must meet with regard to filing failure to which your claim may be considered null and void. Call 1(773) 985-5139 for your absolutely FREE and friendly consultation into Propecia settlements in 2017. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.