Melanoma and Viagra® Lawsuit Attorney
Viagra® is one of the best-selling Pfizer products, having been prescribed to more than 45 million men. While most people take Viagra® as a safe remedy for erectile dysfunction, the drug has faced controversy since the US Food and Drug Administration’s approval in 1998.
According to scientific research, men taking Viagra® have a more than 80% chance of developing malignant melanoma within 10 years. Melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, spreading to the lymph nodes and internal organs. If you or your loved one have melanoma because of taking melanoma, you might be entitled to compensation.
Contact anIdaho Medical Malpractice Lawyer about your Viagra® claim to get the compensation you deserve.
What Are the Side Effects of Viagra®?
Viagra® is a product brand name for the drug Sildenafil. The drug was created by Pfizer in 1989 and gained FDA approval in 1998. The medication effectively treats erectile dysfunction in men by facilitating more blood to flow into the penis. However, Viagra® has been associated with several side effects, including:
- Flushed skin
- Persistent erection
- Muscle pain
- Risk of stroke
- Impaired vision and hearing
- Increased risk of melanoma
- Risk of heart disease and heart attacks
Most of these severe side effects are included on the Viagra® warning label, allowing patients and medical professionals to make informed choices on whether to use the drug. However, the increased risk of developing melanoma, a severe type of skin cancer, has not been indicated on the warning label.
Widows of Melanoma Victims May Be Owed MILLIONS by Pfizer, the maker of Viagra®
If your husband died of melanoma, did you know that Viagra® may have caused his death?
Recent reports indicate a significant risk of melanoma skin cancer for men who use the drugs Viagra® or Revatio® (sildenafil citrate). These drugs are used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) as well as symptoms of pulmonary hypertension. Pfizer, the drug manufacturer, failed to properly test and warn Viagra® users of this deadly side effect while continuing to make billions of dollars from consumers.
The April 2014 issue of the Journal of American Medicine Internal Medicine published results of a study which showed that men who used Viagra® or Revatio® had an 84% higher chance of developing melanoma than those who did not use the drug. In the study of 26,000 men, the results indicated an increased risk of melanoma even when the researchers took other known risk factors into account, including where the patients lived (ultraviolet light exposure), family history of cancer, and serious illnesses. (JAMA report linking Viagra® with Melanoma Skin Cancer)
There are 75,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed each year. Two-thirds who are diagnosed are men. There are almost 10,000 melanoma-related deaths each year.
A number of news agencies have reported on the study, yet no steps have been taken by Pfizer to warn the public of this potentially deadly consequence.
Compensation for Melanoma Victims
If you took Viagra® and later developed melanoma, you may be eligible to recover compensatory damages in a successful lawsuit. Some of the losses that you can recover include:
- Mental suffering and physical pain
- Wages lost during the recovery process
- Medical expenses for detecting and treating melanoma
- Lost ability to earn a living
- Anticipated medical care expenses
- Loss of companionship
Most failure-to-warn lawsuits can result in compensation of punitive damages, which is meant to punish the pharmaceutical company found to be in the wrong. Because melanoma is often lethal, men who have succumbed to melanoma directly caused by Viagra® also have a right to compensation. Their loved ones can file a lawsuit on their behalf regarding a wrongful death claim against Pfizer.
Contact Idaho Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Even though scientific evidence showing Viagra® causes an 84% increase in melanoma – and it appeared over a month ago in the medical journals – did Pfizer, the maker of Viagra®, go on the television or news media and warn all of the men, especially those with significant UV exposure, of the deadly possibility of melanoma? No, and Pfizer is liable for that inaction. We would like to gather enough clients to file complaints against Pfizer that it sends a message to the FDA.
We are very sorry for your loss. Please let us help your burden and contact us today or use the online form to speak with one of our nurses or intake professionals. You may be entitled to compensation for your loss. All calls and consultations are private and confidential.
Please assist us in helping warn others of the consequences of Viagra®.
If you or your loved one has developed melanoma as a result of taking Viagra®, talk to your doctor. Minimizing the damages is essential, and various surgical procedures can prevent melanoma from getting worse or treating it entirely. The economic effect of treating and living with melanoma is devastating. You have suffered from melanoma without it being your fault, and you have the right to be compensated.
After diagnosis, you should consider talking to one of our Idaho Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Litster Frost Firm as soon as possible. Statutes of limitations place a deadline on when you can file a melanoma lawsuit and contacting a lawyer well before then will give them enough time to gather evidence and file a strong case on your behalf.