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Motion filed to consolidate Propecia sexual side effects lawsuits

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A motion to consolidate and centralize all federal lawsuits against Merck over sexual side effects suffered by men taking the baldness drug Propecia has been filed before a federal judge.

According to a report at AboutLawsuits.com, the motion has been filed by one of the two dozen men who’ve filed a lawsuit claiming they’ve suffered either erectile dysfunction or some other sexual side effect after taking Propecia.

The plaintiffs claim Merck never disclosed the risk of men suffering erectile dysfunction or other common sexual side effects while taking Propecia, one of the leading prescription drug treatments of male baldness.

Safety warnings on Propecia, specifically, differ in how they’re presented to recipients in Europe versus the U.S. In the U.S. men are told sexual side effects are a side effect but only temporarily, while men in Europe are told that some side effects can be permanent, even if a man stops taking Propecia.

Consolidating and centralizing lawsuits is common when numerous plaintiffs make similar accusations against a defendant and have suffered similar injuries or other damages. Lawsuits are consolidated often into Multidistrict Litigation, which can add new individual cases.

MDL expedites the pre-trial phases of lawsuits and is aimed at reducing the number of inconsistent rulings before cases are heard before a jury and is also touted as a way of reducing the chance for appeals.

The plaintiff filing the motion to consolidate and centralize the lawsuits wish to have them all moved to the Eastern District of New York or Western District of Washington.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Motion filed to consolidate Propecia sexual side effects lawsuits was posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 at 7:40 am at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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