B.C. Judge Allows Class-Action Lawsuit Against Drug Maker Over Inadequate Warning

B.C. Supreme Court Justice, Robert Punnett has ruled that the case of a men who suffered from allegedly permanent erectile dysfunction as a result of prescribed drugs for the treatment of prostate problems and male pattern baldness is eligible to be pursued as a class-action lawsuit against the drug maker.

Michael Miller has filed a class-action lawsuit against the makers of Propecia and Proscar, i.e. Merck Frosst Canada. Back in 2008, 25-years-old Miller was prescribed Proscar by his doctor for the treatment of prostate problems, while it also contained same medication as Propecia, which is used for treatment of male pattern baldness. Miller explained that he was instructed to slice the five milligram tablet into four, making it almost the same dosage as the more expensive one-milligram Propecia tablets. In a court decision written by the judge on March 28, he writes that “approximately one month after using Proscar the plaintiff alleges he experienced a diminished sex drive,” and “over the ensuing months, he became completely disinterested in sexual activity and was unable to maintain an erection.”

Miller reports that he later got in touch with numerous men on the internet suffering from same side effects of the particular medicines, so he discontinued using it at the end of January 2009, “expecting that these alleged side effects would disappear.” However, they didn’t and now the judge ruling notes that “the plaintiff asserts that the defendants were aware of the long-term side effects and that the warnings given in Canada were inadequate.”

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