Hair loss drug Propecia has been linked to certain types of cancers in men using the drug. Male breast cancer and high-grade prostate cancer are among the side effects reportedly linked with the drug. The FDA released a warning about Propecia and other 5-alpha reductase inhibitors in June 2011 to warn users about the potential increased risk of this more serious form of prostate cancer and recognized that male breast cancer was one of the adverse reports submitted by users of the drug. Because the manufacturer may have not adequately warned patients about the Propecia cancer risk, patients who were diagnosed with male breast cancer or high-grade prostate cancer after using the drug may be able to seek compensation for damages.
If you were diagnosed with cancer of the breast or prostate after using Propecia, fill out our free case review form today. You may be able to make a claim for medical bills and other expenses related to your Propecia cancer claim.
In June 2011, the FDA’s Propecia prostate cancer safety alert announced that the labels for this drug and other 5-alpha reductase inhibitors had been changed to include new information about the risk of high-grade prostate cancer. While the risk of Propecia prostate cancer is low, according to the FDA, the agency made this change after reviewing two large studies which indicated that while the drug reduced the overall risk of prostate cancer, both trials suggested an increased risk of the more aggressive form of the disease in those using finasteride, the active ingredient in both Propecia and Proscar.
While the aforementioned June Propecia cancer warning only pertained to prostate cancer, the drug has also reportedly been linked to male breast cancer. A small number of users of finasteride, which is found in Propecia (one milligram dose) and Proscar (five milligram dose), have reportedly been diagnosed with breast cancer, according to Health Canada. The report, however, stressed that further research would be needed to establish a definite link between finasteride and cancer. Symptoms which may indicate breast cancer include nipple discharge, breast lumps, pain or other breast changes.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with male breast cancer or high-grade prostate cancer after taking this drug, you may be able to participate in a Propecia lawsuit to seek compensation for medical bills and other damages. To find out if you are eligible, contact our Propecia cancer attorneys today for a free, no obligation case review. There is a time limit for filing Propecia lawsuits so do not hesitate to contact us today for a complimentary review of your claim.