Propecia Lawsuits Allege That The Drug Used To Treat Male Hair Loss Can Lead To Depression, Suicide Ideation And Suicide in Men Who Take The Medication.
The Oliver Law Group P.C., a nationwide law firm representing plaintiffs in harmful drug lawsuits, announces the launch of a Propecia lawsuit page to provide the latest legal news and developments on the medication. Studies have linked Propecia to severe depression, suicidal thoughts and suicide in men who use the drug to treat male pattern baldness. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in 2012 indicates that men may experience depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts even after they discontinue using the medication. Due to the complications, Propecia lawsuits have been filed alleging that Merck failed to disclose Propecia’s alleged association with suicidal ideation and suicide.
(In Re: Propecia (Finasteride) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2331)
“Due to the alleged suicidal dangers associated with Propecia, our law firm is investigating claims against Merck on behalf of men who have experienced an increase in suicidal behavior, as well as survivors of men who committed suicide allegedly due to the medication,” says The Oliver Law Group P.C.
Propecia (finasteride) was approved by the FDA in 1997 to treat male pattern hair loss in men. The medication belongs to a class of drugs called 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors. Propecia inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a male hormone. By interfering with the DHT production, Propecia stimulates hair growth in men with male pattern baldness. According to the FDA, the most common side-effects of the drug include sexual dysfunction, such as a decreased sex drive and erectile dysfunction. In 2011, the FDA required manufacturers of 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors class of drugs to revise the “Warnings and Precautions” section of their drug labels to include information about the increased risk of being diagnosed with a more serious form of cancer.
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Court records indicate that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated Propecia lawsuits in April 2012. The Propecia lawsuits are filed on behalf of men or their survivors who experienced suicidal ideation or committed suicide allegedly as a result of using the medication. According to the JPML’s multidistrict litigation docket, more than 740 Propecia lawsuits are pending in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, where pretrial proceedings are underway for the litigation.
(In Re: Propecia (Finasteride) Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2331)
The law firm notes that a wrongful death lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of surviving family members of a man who allegedly committed suicide as a result of using Propecia. According to the Propecia complaint, the man was prescribed Propecia by his dermatologist in May 2008 and experienced deep depression and suicide ideation even after he stopped using the medication in 2012. He took his own life one year later, the complaint said. The Propecia wrongful death claim accuses Merck of knowing about the risks of depression and suicidal ideation associated with Propecia but failing to include those risks on the drug label. The Propecia complaint further claims that Merck added depression to the drug safety label, but did not add the risk of suicidal ideation and increased suicidal behavior. (Case No. 3:15-cv-00509, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.)
The Oliver Law Group P.C. is dedicated to fighting for victims as well as their survivors, who are seeking justice for their injuries. If you have a valid claim of experiencing suicidal ideation or increased suicidal behavior or if your loved one committed suicide allegedly due to Propecia, you may be eligible to file a Propecia lawsuit. The law firm is offering free Propecial lawsuit evaluations to men or their surviving family members who suffered harm allegedly from using the medication.
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