June 7, 2012 — The family members of a man who committed suicide after taking the hair-loss drug Propecia (finasteride) have joined a protest outside Merck & Co.’s New Jersey headquarters. The man allegedly committed suicide after Propecia caused him to become impotent. The man’s father, emergency room physician Dr. John Santmann, joined the protest in an effort to raise awareness about the serious side effects of Propecia.
Dr. Santmann’s son, Randy Santmann, committed suicide in 2008, at the age of 22. He had been taking Propecia for three years, and developed serious sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction. The sexual problems persisted for at least six months after he stopped using Propecia, according to Dr. Santmann.
Until recently, Merck has claimed that the sexual side effects of Propecia resolve after the drug is discontinued. However, growing numbers of men have complained of persistent erectile dysfunction, ejaculation disorders, hormone imbalance, growth of male breast tissue (gynecomastia), inability to orgasm, low libido, and other severe side effects that do not resolve when Propecia is discontinued.
Many American men are angry because Merck updated the warning label in Europe to include the risk of persistent erectile dysfunction, but waited years to make the same updates in the United States. The FDA recently issued an additional warning that they have received hundreds of reports of persistent, possibly permanent erectile dysfunction, ejaculation disorders, orgasm disorders, and more.
These men who were injured by Propecia are now pursuing a Propecia lawsuit against Merck. They allege that the company intentionally withheld safety information from their American consumers, and failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the true risks of Propecia. They argue that if Merck had provided accurate information about the long-term side effects of Propecia, their injuries never would have occurred.
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