The FDA recently announced a label change for the drug Propecia (commonly marketed as Proscar)- a drug designed to treat male-pattern hair loss and enlarged prostate glands - to include the warning risk of prostate cancer. Propecia, also known as the 5-alpha reductase inhibitor Finasteride, was found to increase the risk of developing high-grade prostate cancer (the most serious form of prostate cancer) after multiple clinical trials [including The Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT) and the Reduction by Dutasteride of Prostate Cancer Events (REDUCE)].Propecia is known to cause Erectile Dysfunction (ED), testicular pain or discomfort, itching, swelling, and a decreased sexual drive. These effects may be caused after just 1mg of Propecia a day, and may continue even after discontinued use of the drug. Although a nationwide class action lawsuit was filed in Canada against Merck & Co., the manufacturer of Propencia, no class action suit has been filed yet in the U.S. There has, however, been hundreds of individual lawsuits filed against Merck & Co. from men who have suffered emotionally and physically from the drug and claim that the manufacturer failed to adequately warn consumers of their product's potential risks.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:04)
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Anybody who watches television, surfs the Internet or flips through a magazine is very familiar with advertising for pharmaceutical drugs picturing attractive, healthy and active people. Prescription and over the counter drugs are used by millions of consumers for various ailments, diseases and medical conditions. For most, prescription drugs can provide great benefit or relief. A consequence of the development of many drugs and the marketing to millions of consumers, are serious side effects or other undesired results. In extreme cases, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or manufacturer may recall or withdraw a drug.
Over the past few years, the safety of more than a dozen popular prescription drugs has been examined. In some cases, certain drugs have been recalled following reports of serious injury or death.
The recent recall of numerous popular drugs has resulted in heightened scrutiny of certain blockbuster drugs with hearings before Congress in which at least one FDA researcher suggests that the FDA may be incapable of protecting consumers from unsafe drugs and that several other popular drugs currently on the market may also present unacceptable patient risk. According to a survey by the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General, about two-thirds of Food & Drug Administration scientists are less than fully confident in the agency's monitoring of the safety of prescription drugs now being sold.
DrugRecalls.com is a consumer resource from product liability lawyers engaged in assisting consumers suffering side effects from pharmaceutical drugs.
Not all drugs referenced on this website have been subject to recall or warning. Patients should never stop taking their medicine without first consulting with their physician.
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