Propecia Problems May Have Prompted Removal of Website: Is a Propecia Recall Coming?

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted February 8, 2012


As of this morning, the Merck-sponsored website remains unavailable, after the drug maker has removed all promotional information from their internet site, replacing it with only links to the prescribing information, patient product information, how to request a refund under their Propecia Promise Program and a link to report adverse effects to the FDA.

▸ Propecia Lawsuits for Sexual Problems

Our Propecia lawyers represent men throughout the United States who are currently pursuing a lawsuit against Merck over failure to warn about the risk of serious sexual side effects. The lack of any statement from Merck explaining the removal of the website, has many speculating that the drug maker may be preparing to either issue a Propecia recall or revise the warning label to provide more accurate information about the risk of Propecia problems.

Propecia (finasteride) is a prescription medication that was introduced in December 1997 for treatment of male pattern baldness, or hair loss. It is a low-dose version of the prostate drug Proscar, which also contains finasteride as the active pharmaceutical ingredient.

Side effects of Propecia have been linked to a number permanent sexual problems, including:

  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
  • Impotence or Low Sperm Count
  • Decreased Libido
  • Groin or Testicular Pain
  • Depression

Lawsuits over Propecia allege that the drug maker failed to properly research their medication and actively withheld information from consumers and the medical community about the risk of Propecia problems. While the drug maker has suggested that if any sexual problems are experienced they will be temporary, a number of men have experienced long-term, permanent dysfunction.

Since Propecia is not prescribed to treat any disease or ailment, other than the naturally occurring phenomenon of male hair loss, many experts have questioned whether Merck should recall Propecia, as any risk of permanent sexual problems outweighs the benefits.

With the sudden decision to pull down the website for their blockbuster drug, speculation is mounting that either Merck is finally taking the first steps in the direction of protecting consumers, or the FDA has forced them to take such steps. We will continue to follow the situation and provide updated information.

UPDATE 3/19/2012: Nothing has changed. The website continues to provide the same message, and Merck continues to provide inadequate warnings about Propecia sexual complications for consumers and the medical community.


If you, a friend or family member have experienced sexual dysfunction or problems after taking Propecia, our lawyers provide a free consultation and case evaluation to determine if financial compensation may be available through a lawsuit. All cases are reviewed on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are never any attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained.

To obtain a free and confidential consultation, request a free claim evaluation.

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