Propecia lawsuits are defective drug cases in which those who have sustained serious side effects seek compensation for their medical bills, permanent disabilities, lost wages, pain, and suffering. Propecia has been available in the U.S. since 1992, when it was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (benign enlargement of the prostate) and male pattern baldness.
Propecia generally takes between 3 and 6 months to produce visible results and is not indicated for the treatment of hair loss in women. Propecia is manufactured by Merck, and the drug has also been sold under the brand name Prescor.
Propecia Side Effects
Although effective for many, Propecia has been clinically proven to cause some serious side effects that, in the worst cases, are irreversible and can significantly decrease quality of life. Serious Propecia side effects include depression, male breast cancer, and sexual dysfunction (specifically erectile dysfunction, diminished libido, and ejaculation dysfunction).
While Propecia packaging in Europe has been updated to warn the public about the risk of developing incurable Propecia side effects, packaging in the U.S. still indicates that the drug’s side effects are reversible.
Propecia Birth Defects
Propecia, generically known as finasteride, is comprised of synthetic progesterone, which is a hormone. Consequently, it’s not considered safe for pregnant women to come into contact with broken or crushed Propecia pills, as they can cause severe birth defects”specifically, the development of hermaphroditic sexual organs. Young victims are typically raised as females, but develop male genitalia upon puberty. The FDA has classified Propecia as a class X drug.
Starting a Propecia Lawsuit
Those who have sustained serious Propecia side effects will have a strongly convincing defective-drug case against Merck. Potential claimants may receive a free, expert assessment of their case, along with professional advice regarding how to proceed, by attending an initial consultation with a skilled Propecia lawyer. Whether pursuing an individual or class action Propecia lawsuit will depend on the nature and severity of a victim’s injuries. Call Chaffin Luhana LLP at 1-888-480-1123 for a free and confidential case review today.