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2012 – JAMA: “Prostate, Baldness Drugs Linked to Sexual Dysfunction”

Posted in Propecia / Proscar

An article published in the May, 2012 edition of Journal of the American Medical Association titled “Prostate, Baldness Drugs Linked to Sexual Dysfunction” provides important insight into the link that Proscar (finasteride 5mg, used to treat BPH) and Propecia (finasteride 1mg, used to treat male pattern hair loss) have with a range of adverse sexual effects.

The article states that “In 2011, the drug labels had been updated to note the possibility that users may experience erectile dysfunction even after they stop taking these drugs. However, the new labeling indicates that a number of other sexual adverse events may also be associated with use of these medications.”

Citing 421 cases of adverse sexual side effects in patients taking Propecia (1998-2011) and 131 among Proscar users in the same period,  the FDA remains hesitant to speak of any biologically causal relationship.  That being said, a number of reports have been published since the 1990’s linking sexual side effects to the use of finasteride, and correlative as those studies may be, a growing pile of such research without question says something.

Due to the fact it took so long for the manufacturer of these two drugs (Merck & Co., Inc.) so long to update the Propecia and Proscar warning labels, a number of Proscar lawsuits and Propecia lawsuits have been filed.  If you or a loved one used finasteride and suffered sexual side effects, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.  For a free, no-obligation case consultation, contact our team of Proscar lawyers and Propecia lawyers at the information provided below.  We have the experience, resources, and skills required to win the justice you deserve.  Call today and see how we can help.

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