Viagra Linked to Increased Risk of Melanoma Skin Cancer

Viagra Linked to Increased Risk of Melanoma Skin Cancer

Recent studies have found that side effects of Viagra may increase the risk of melanoma, a serious and potentially deadly form of skin cancer. Lawsuits are now being reviewed for people around the country who may have avoided problems from melanoma if warnings had been provided.

The serious form of skin cancer can often be treated and cured when detected early. However, once it spreads beyond the skin and nearby lymph nodes, it is typically incurable. In April 2014, a study was released by the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine which evaluated the risk of skin cancer from Viagra. While researchers did not find that Viagra use was associated with an increased risk of Squamous Cell Carcinoma or Basal Cell Carcinoma, the study did find that use of the drug may increase the risk of the more serious Melanoma skin cancer.

In lawsuits filed across the country, plaintiffs claim that Pfizer intentionally concealed material information related to melanoma development from potential Viagra users, specifically in its commercials, online and print advertisements. They claim that as a result, men in the United States pervasively seek out prescriptions for Viagra. But if the plaintiffs known the actual risks, many claim they would have elected not to take Viagra and, consequently, would have also avoided its serious side effects.

In April 2016, Viagra litigations were centralized into a single proceeding in the Northern District of California. Multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings are designed to speed along the process of handling complex cases. Typically, the court will schedule bellwether trials, which become indicators of expected future trends in the litigation. Cialis claims have also been added to this MDL.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer after taking Viagra, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against drug manufacturer Pfizer. Contact us today for a free consultation at (205) 377-5004.

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