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Propecia lawsuits in New Jersey state courts consolidated, action on federal lawsuits due soon

Filed March 29th, 2012 Joshua Sophy

Lawsuits alleging the male-pattern baldness drug Propecia causes permanent male sexual dysfunction have been consolidated in a state court in New Jersey.

According to a report from AboutLawsuits.com, the process is being taken by the New Jersey court system to avoid duplication and inconsistent judgments among the multitude of lawsuits filed in courts across the state. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is considering a similar move soon for similar Propecia lawsuits filed in federal courts across the country. There is an inordinate number of lawsuits filed in New Jersey state courts because Merck, the marketers of Propecia, is based in the state.

An initial hearing of the parties involved in the centralized New Jersey lawsuits will be held in mid-April, according to the report.

All these and the federal lawsuits claim Merck hid data from the U.S. market showing that taking Propecia to reverse or stymie the effects of male-pattern baldness caused them to suffer permanent sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction and decreased libido.

The company is not required to disclose this risk of permanent sexual dysfunction in the U.S., though warnings on the drug in other countries do note the risk. Merck’s safety information included with Propecia in the U.S. indicates that the risk of these side effects dissipates after a man stops taking the drug.

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