Gary Reynolds has filed a product liability lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Merck over permanent side effects caused by the hair-loss drug Propecia.
According to the lawsuit, Reynolds used the medication for nearly 10 years before the side effects became so severe he had to stop. Reynolds says he has been left with permanent depression, cognitive problems, sexual dysfunction, prostate and testicular pain, and decreased libido.
Reynolds, along with a growing number lawsuits filed by men suffering long term side effects, claim that Merck failed to adequately research the drug and failed to warn consumers and physicians about the potentially permanent side effects of the drug, though the company heavily marketed the drug for hair-loss.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will be hearing arguments late this month on whether to consolidate all federal filed Propecia lawsuits before one judge for pretrial proceedings. There are an estimated 50 Propecia lawsuits filed across the country.
One of the issues facing Merck is that warning labels in the US state the potential side effects of Propecia are temporary and resolve soon after discontinuing the medication, however, in other countries, the warning label notifies consumers of the risk of permanent erectile dysfunction that does not resolve.