Drug manufacturing giant Merck & Co. is facing a product liability lawsuit alleging that Merck’s hair treatment product, Propecia, can cause men to experience serious side-effects, such as sexual dysfunction.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Steven Oberc, of Munster, Illinois, in the federal United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
According to the complaint, Merck knew or should have known that Propecia causes and contributes to an increased risk of several side-effects, including cognitive impairment, depression, and sexual dysfunction.
Oberc claims that Merck did not properly represent the side-effects in their labeling of the product and failed to update the label in the United States as required by the federal Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). Oberc further alleges that due to the insufficient labeling, he was unaware that the Propecia he purchased was unreasonably dangerous.
Propecia is a medication used to treat male pattern baldness. It was approved by the FDA in 1997.
Oberc is seeking an unspecified amount in compensatory and punitive damages, in addition to attorney’s fees, interest and other relief.
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