Propecia Suicide Attorneys
Our law firm is currently investigating potential lawsuits against Merck & Co., one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world for allegedly failing to warn of dangerous side effects relating to suicidality and suicidal ideation in its prescription hair loss prevention drug, Propecia. We are interested in speaking with anyone (or their loved ones) who has taken Propecia and experienced these side effects.
What is Propecia?
In 1997, Merck introduced Propecia as a new use for finasteride, a synthetic compound the company developed five years earlier. By dropping the dose of finasteride to 1 mg, researchers found a way to correct male pattern baldness, a hereditary condition that affects close to 50 percent of the male population 50 or older.
Propecia (originally marketed as Proscar) belongs to a class of drugs called 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors, which are used to treat conditions stimulated by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a potent hormone the body creates from testosterone. DHT-induced conditions include androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) and prostate cancer.
In people genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness, DHT hormone casues hair follicles to shrink and gradually lose the ability to grow thick and healthy hair. As a result, the person’s hairline thins and recedes. With Propecia, the active ingredient finasteride allegedly causes a rapid decline in DHT concentration to combat male pattern baldness.
In March 2015 the first such lawsuit against Merck was filed by the surviving spouse and two children of decedent. The lawsuit alleges that Propecia has known risks of depression and suicidal ideation, but Merck never included a warning about either risk on the Propecia label or in literature distributed with the drug. The lawsuit also alleges that Merck eventually added depression to the drug’s warning label in late 2010, but still fails to warn of the risks of suicidal ideation and increased suicidal behavior. . According to the CDC, suicidal ideation means “thinking about, considering, or planning for suicide.” The lawsuit states that Merck omitted these risks, despite reports of depression and suicide ideation in clinical studies.
If you or a loved one has taken Propecia and are concerned about these side effects, contact a Propecia Suicide Lawyer immediately.
Law Firm for Propecia Claims
Mr. Mendelsohn and the attorneys at his firm are reviewing Propecia claims and lawsuits. If you or a loved one has suffered severe side effects like depression, suicidal ideation or death, and had previously taken Propecia it is important that you contact a National Propecia Lawyer today for a free consultation. All lawsuits are being pursued under a contingency fee, which means that there are no fees unless a recovery is obtained.
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