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Merck Pulls Propecia Website with No Explanation

Filed February 9th, 2012 Julie

Merck & Co. has pulled ads for their hair growth drug Propecia from the company’s website with no explanation for the unusual move.

The co-founder of a personal injury law firm interested in Propecia proceedings says Merck may have decided to remove the product because of a growing number of lawsuits being filed against the company. Those lawsuits claim that Merck knew or should have known about the serious side effects associated with the drug, but did not sufficiently warn consumers about those risks.

Among the side effects plaguing Propecia users are serious sexual problems, like erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, as well as other medical problems, including, depression, breast cancer, and high-grade prostate cancer. Last year, the FDA issued a new warning regarding Propecia’s link to high-grade prostate cancer which is the most aggressive and deadly form of the disease.

Despite the serious and potentially devastating health consequences of using Propecia, the FDA has not issued any warnings or
recalls, and many health care professionals do not know about the risk of persistent and serious sexual dysfunction since it was not mentioned in the original literature.

Another problem with making a correct diagnosis is the fact that the drug is typically prescribed by dermatologists and general practitioners, whereas the side effects are usually treated by urologists and endocrinologists. With their diverse disciplines, they rarely have any cross interactions.

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