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Massachusetts Plaintiff Files Propecia Lawsuit Requesting $10 Million

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In one of the more recent Propecia lawsuits, a Massachusetts man filed a case against manufacturer Merck & Co., Inc. on January 8, 2012 alleging that he suffered from severe side effects as a result of taking the anti-baldness medication. He states that these side effects have damaged his quality of life and requests $10 million in damages.




He brings counts of breach of warranties, fraud, violation of the New York consumer protection from deceptive acts and practices law, unjust enrichment, negligence, inadequate warning, and defective design.


The case is moving forward in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York joining other plaintiffs who seek to gain compensation for problems after taking Propecia.


Merck accused of downplaying potential Propecia side effects


Propecia was approved by the FDA in December of 1997 to treat male pattern hair loss. Containing 1 mg of finasteride, this medication is a lower dose version of the Merck manufactured Proscar. Proscar contains 5 mg of finasteride and is marketed to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia, also referred to as an enlarged prostate.


The plaintiff’s attorney claims that Merck spent $60 million in direct-to-consumer advertising to promote Propecia in 1998. In 1999, they spent $125 million. This advertising blitz did not include warnings to consumers of possible Propecia sexual side effects.


Merck, until April 2012, stated that fewer than 2 percent of men taking the drug suffered from sexual dysfunction. They also said that these side effects subsided after they ceased using the medication. In addition, they asserted that the side effects stopped in the majority of men who continued taking Propecia.


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