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Lawsuit claims hair drug Propecia hurt sex life of some men who used it


 

REGINA – A Saskatchewan law firm is hoping to launch a class-action lawsuit over allegations a popular hair-growth drug has ruined the sex lives of some of its users.

In statements of claim filed in Regina and Calgary, two men say they lost interest in sexual activity after taking Propecia.

The claims, which have not been proven in court and have yet to be certified as a class-action, allege that drug maker Merck Frosst Canada didn’t adequately warn people about the risks of Propecia.

Sexual dysfunction is listed as a possible side effect to the drug.

But the men allege that Merck didn’t properly warn people that sexual dysfunction could continue even after they stopped taking the treatment.

A call to Merck was not immediately returned Friday.

According to the Regina statement of claim, the man started taking Propecia after having a lump on his head removed in December 2007. His doctor gave him a free sample to encourage hair growth where the lump had been and a prescription for more.

The man claims he noticed hair wasn’t growing on his head, but in rather large patches on his neck and back. He also alleges he noticed a decrease in his sex drive and had difficulty maintaining an erection.

The statement of claim in Calgary was filed on behalf of a man who started on Propecia in 2000 and took it for four years.

The man claims his relationship with his wife suffered and they grew apart because his sex drive decreased.

Regina lawyer Tony Merchant, who filed the claim, argues the warning about the side effect wasn’t good enough.

“The drug companies, not just in this case but in others, then say, ‘number 1, we had this warning there.’ But what they really mean is it’s buried somewhere and it’s not a meaningful warning of any kind,” said Merchant.


 
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Lawsuit claims hair drug Propecia hurt sex life of some men who used it

  1. It’s always sad to hear about patients afflicted by this condition, what’s known as post-finasteride syndrome. And from what I’ve read, there are many thousands of such men around the globe. Unfortunately, Merck — particularly its CEO, Kenneth C. Frazier — has refused to take responsibility for the horrors its drug is causing.

    But help arrived last year in the form of the Post-Finasteride Syndrome Foundation, an American nonprofit organization that helps fund clinical research on the causes of PFS, with the intention of developing effective therapies. They recently announced their first such study, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

    Learn more here:

    http://www.pfsfoundation.org/news/clinical-study-of-post-finasteride-syndrome-launched-at-brigham-and-womens-hospital-a-harvard-medical-school-teaching-affiliate/

  2. some folks just can’t seem to accept the fact that there is no cure for baldness.

    • some folks were told that you shouldn’t believe all the crazy things people write on the internet, that the chances of side effects are only 2%, that all symptons return to nomal upon stopping, that out of the three side effects i’m choosing to tell you about there are really more like 30, and that all our clients are happy, healthy and the manufacturers can’t keep up supply for the amount we sell. that was my first encounter with a dr. / agent of merck.

  3. 3 Years after quitting Propecia… still have a long list of side effects. The suffering is not only myself, but my wife, kids, friends and relatives. Not only is MERCK responsible for this damage, but the FDA should be punished severely as well.
    I’d much rather be fat, bald and ugly, than to have gone through this living hell!

    • Iron Merk – if there were no lawsuits against Merck, do you think they would use their resources to find a cure for a disease they created? This disease isn’t naturally occurring, its manmade but the drug causing it was sold as safe. Should Merck be held responsible? Or just let the victims continue to live diminished lives?