New Class Action Lawsuit Against Merck
1400 Propecia (a hair-restoration drug) patients filed class-action lawsuit against drug/vaccine-maker MERCK claiming the drug caused mental disorders and even suicides.
All pharmaceutical products have risks and side effects. The question is always: do the benefits outweigh the risks? With the drug/vaccine maker funding all the safety and efficacy studies, most often, the answer is NO. And all drugs have side effects and adverse reactions, most of which are not discussed when the doctor hands you the prescription.
Prescription drugs, like Propecia, are now the 4th leading cause of death in the US. A recent Harvard study did the math and reports that there are 2.74 million serious adverse drug reactions per year from properly prescribed drugs. And about 128,000 people DIE EVERY YEAR from drugs prescribed to them.
Last month a New York judge selected cases to represent the 1,400 men who have filed suit against drugmaker Merck, alleging that its hair-restoration pill stole their manhood and wrecked their minds. Will science ever nail what’s really going on?
When the shot rang out on Jan. 19, 2016, no one was around to hear it. Eric Carlos Rodriguez made sure.
That day, the 33-year-old financial analyst—the oldest of five siblings in a tight-knit Cuban-American family—slipped on jeans and a hoodie, lifted a black Glock 9 mm handgun out of its case, and walked down the stairs to the pontoon boat docked outside his family’s vacation home. He’d been living with his parents in a nearby Los Angeles suburb for years, quietly battling a crushing brain fog and insomnia. As he’d recently confided to his mother Ana, he also suffered from a bizarre constellation of sexual symptoms that had shrunken and numbed his genitals, killed any semblance of sex drive, and, as he put it, “took away his humanity.” In early January, he asked his parents if he could stay at their bayside villa in Oxnard for a while. They reluctantly obliged, texting often to check in. One day, he didn’t text back.
His father found him on a Wednesday morning, alone inside the boat, door closed, a single shot to his temple. His parents aren’t sure when Eric pulled the trigger. But Ana is convinced she knows why. She says a rare side effect of the hair-loss drug finasteride, aka Propecia, killed her son.
“There is no doubt in my mind,” says Ana. “I’d love to see this drug taken off the market.”
Last month, a New York judge selected four “bellwether” cases to represent the roughly 1,400 men who have filed suit against drugmaker Merck, alleging that the decades-old prescription hair-restoration pill had ruinous effects on their bodies and brains. Another 69 men are believed to have killed themselves as a consequence of taking the drug, according to the World Health Organization’s database of adverse drug reactions.