Recent court documents suggest that at least 390 plaintiffs have filed Propecia lawsuits in state and federal courts. Men are accusing Merck & Co., the manufacturer of Propecia, of failing to warn about side effects that persist after Propecia use is stopped. Men claim that they have suffered debilitating side effects following Propecia use. Some of these side effects include sexual dysfunction, cognitive impairment, impotency, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, and genital atrophy.
There are two locations where most of the litigation is filed. The federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL), which was created in April 2012, contains 139 lawsuits. The MDL is located in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, where Judge John Gleeson presides. Another 251 Propecia lawsuits are centralized in state court in New Jersey where Merck & Co. is headquartered. In the last few months, new lawsuits have been filed in the federal MDL at a consistent pace.
Although Propecia has been on the market for about 20 years, it has only been in the last few years that experts have raised concern about persistent, potentially permanent sexual side effects. No one knows exactly how often persistent sexual dysfunction affects men who take Propecia. In 2011, researchers began investigating Propecia induced sexual dysfunction. George Washington University physician, Dr. Michael Irwig, found a high incidence of persistent sexual dysfunction in former Propecia users.
Propecia attorneys at the Oracle Law Group are currently investigating cases against the drug manufacturer Merck & Co. The Oracle Law Group has experienced personal injury attorneys with over 28 years of experience in representing people injured from unsafe products. If you or a loved one has taken Propecia, please contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys for a free consultation.