As Merck is getting hit with an ever growing number of lawsuits concerning the hair-loss drug Propecia and its association with a number of severe and potentially life-threatening side effects, the drug manufacturer has taken the Propecia website down, with no explanation.
The lawsuits allege that Merck knew about the serious side effects caused by the drug but did not adequately warn physicians and their patients about those side effects including prolonged and sometimes permanent sexual dysfunction, impotence, erectile dysfunction, testicular pain, reduced libido, clinical depression, breast cancer, high-grade prostate cancer, and gynecomastia, or the development of male breasts.
The FDA has issued a warning concerning the link between Propecia and an aggressive and deadly form of prostate cancer. Other countries have required Merck to include a warning label that explains the risks of side effects of the drug, including that they may be permanent, however in the U.S. the risk of permanence has not been added to the label, leaving many patients and their physicians unaware of these risks.
Over the last ten years, seven million Propecia prescriptions have been filled, the Baltimore Courts Examiner reported.