About Viagra


pfizer viagra connected to melanoma skin cancerMillions of men have taken Viagra, despite its $25-a-pill price tag. But were you and millions of others aware that you may risk developing melanoma from taking the little blue pill?

Since its release by Pfizer in 1998, Viagra became the “hottest new drug in history” within a span of just three months after its market release, as men were rushing to their doctors in search of a prescription for the aggressively marketed erectile dysfunction drug. Since then, Viagra’s harmful impact on everyday consumers has been overshadowed by the drug’s popularity. Though complications and negative side effects from taking Viagra have frequently been reported, many patients may not even be aware of these potential safety issues associated with both short- and long-term use of Viagra.

The Latest Risk of Taking Viagra

The risk of developing melanoma is the latest safety issue to be associated with ingestion of Viagra.  Many patients and their doctors are unaware of this link, which has been documented in several independent medical studies, but still requires further evaluations.

Our team has successfully advocated for those who have suffered harm due to pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers’ intent to put profits above the well being of millions of Americans. With decades of combined experience taking on large drug and device companies, we’re equipped to handle your legal needs. Call us today at (800) 388-3905.

The Danger of Melanoma

Melanoma is a deadly skin cancer that has been connected to Viagra use. Studies reveal that men who have taken Viagra may be more likely to develop melanoma than men who have not taken the ED drug. Pfizer’s failure to warn about this skin cancer risk is the basis for new legal claims.

According to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, increases a man’s risk of developing melanoma by as much as 84 percent. These studies have raised serious concerns regarding the safety of Viagra.

Common Side Effects of Viagra

In addition to the negative side effects listed above, studies suggest that other common and serious side effects have been linked to Viagra. These common side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Flushing in Face, Neck or Chest
  • Upset Stomach/Indigestion
  • Abnormal Vision
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Back Pain
  • Muscular Pain/Tenderness
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Allergic Reaction

Serious Side Effects of Viagra

More serious side effects include:

  • Change/Loss of Vision
  • Ringing in Ears/Hearing Loss
  • Chest Pain/Irregular Heartbeat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Swelling in Hands, Ankles and Feet
  • Uncontrollable Blood Pressure
  • Heart Attack and Heart Disease
  • Stoke
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Liver Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Priapism (an erection that is painful or lasts more than four hours)

According to Everyday Health, since Viagra hit the market, the number of men diagnosed with erectile dysfunction (ED) has gone up 250% due to its effectiveness. Therefore, the drug company, Pfizer, went on to promote the drug aggressively to both consumers and prescribing physicians, but failed to provide adequate warnings regarding the alleged safety of the drug. Over the years, Pfizer has also been admonished by the FDA for failing to properly warn about safety risks associated with use of Viagra, as well as accurately report adverse events experienced by patients to the FDA.

Lawsuits Against Viagra and Pfizer

Over the years, Pfizer has faced a number of lawsuits relating to Viagra-induced patient injuries, including heart attacks, strokes and vision loss. Over time, the FDA has required enhanced warnings for Viagra based on the evolving safety information for the popular ED drug. Once further scientific studies are completed, it is likely that the warning label for Viagra will again be updated to include more information about the drug’s link to melanoma.

A timeline of events regarding the ED drug and case updates include:

  • 1998 – Viagra is approved for sale to treat erectile dysfunction
  • 1999 – The ED drug sales top $1 billion
  • 2005 – The drug’s label is updated to reflection side effects, such as sudden vision and hearing loss
  • 2014 – Studies suggesting a link between Viagra and the development of melanoma are released
  • 2015 – A widow of a deceased man who took Viagra files a claim against Pfizer, alleging the drug caused her husband to be diagnosed with melanoma
  • 2015 – Court filings call for a consolidation of pending Viagra melanoma cancer lawsuits into federal multidistrict litigation, based in San Francisco federal court

As of January 2017, there has not been a Viagra recall, nor is one expected. The fact that the drug has not been recalled, however, does not preclude injured patients from bringing an individual lawsuit against the drug manufacturer.

Contact Our Mass Tort Lawyers If You’ve Developed Melanoma After Taking Viagra

The mass tort lawyers at Searcy Denney have filed personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of patients who developed deadly melanoma skin cancer after taking Viagra. In these lawsuits, the patients contend that Pfizer knew or should have known of the risk of melanoma associated with Viagra; the studies that have been conducted by the drug company to support the safety of Viagra are insufficient, and that Pfizer failed to provide proper warnings to doctors and their patients about the cancer safety risks associated with Viagra use.

If you have developed melanoma after ingesting Viagra and would like a free consultation regarding your legal rights, please contact Searcy Denney today at (800) 388-3905. Unfortunately, we cannot undo the pain and suffering you’ve had to endure from this drug, but we can help you determine whether or not you’re eligible for compensation for your injuries.

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