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Pfizer Inc. Fails to Warn Men of Increased Risk of Melanoma After Taking Viagra

October 25, 2016 Drug Injuries

The Indianapolis drug injury attorneys at Wilson Kehow Winingham are accepting clients who have developed melanoma as a result of taking Viagra. Contact our Indianapolis firm for a free consultation at 317.920.6400, or fill out a form.

What is Viagra?

Viagra (Sildenafil) was the first prescription medication to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Viagra was approved in 1998, and since then, Viagra manufacturer Pfizer Inc. has raked in billions of dollars’ worth of sales. Viagra is Pfizer’s sixth best-selling drug, and it reportedly brought in over $20 billion in sales for Pfizer in 2012.

How Does Viagra Work?

Viagra works by increasing blood flow to the penis to maintain an erection suitable for intercourse. Viagra starts working typically within 30-60 minutes, and should only be taken as needed.

Common Viagra Side Effects

Common side effects of Viagra are:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Nose bleeds
  • Redness or warmth of the face, neck, and arms
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops when the pigment-producing cells become cancerous. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S, with melanoma having one of the highest mortality rates. Both physicians and laypersons can detect melanoma with the naked eye, as symptoms of melanoma can include a change in an existing mole or unusual growths anywhere on the body.

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 76,000 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2016. Of those diagnoses, 46,870 will be in men. Approximately 10,130 people will die of melanoma in 2016.

Viagra Use Linked to Increased Risk of Melanoma in Men

In April 2014, a long-term study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that Viagra use escalates the invasiveness of melanoma cells. After analyzing data from the 25,848 male participants, JAMA determined that Viagra (or any class of ED medications called PDE-5 inhibitors) is associated with a 20% increased risk for melanoma skin cancer.

While JAMA claims that the study is not sufficient enough to modify any clinical recommendations, results of the study do support further investigation of the potential for melanoma as an adverse side effect of Viagra.

Past Viagra Lawsuits

A study published in 2007 in the Journal of Laryngology & Otology reported 29 instances of men experiencing brief hearing loss after taking Viagra–some of which resulted in permanent deafness. Soon after the study, the FDA required a Viagra label change to more overtly display the risk–though low–for hearing loss.

Over the past nearly-20 years, men have filed lawsuits alleging that the use of Viagra caused cardiac complications as well as blindness.

Why Should I File a Viagra Lawsuit?

Filing a Viagra lawsuit is one way to fight for your right to make informed decisions about the medication you take. Without proper warnings, you simply don’t have that option. Among the many risks and side effects listed on Viagra’s warning labels, the risk for developing melanoma is not one of them. As of 2016, there has not been a recall on Viagra, and the warning label has yet to be updated despite JAMA’s disturbing findings in 2014. . If you choose to file a claim after developing melanoma after taking Viagra, you can receive compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Specialist treatments
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

Do I Have a Viagra Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with melanoma while taking Viagra, contact the Indianapolis drug injury attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham. Call our attorneys at 317.920.6400 for a free case review. You can also fill out a form online to have one of our experienced drug injury attorneys contact you at your convenience. As always, you don’t pay a dime until you receive compensation for your injuries.

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