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Were You Diagnosed with Melanoma After Using Viagra or Cialis?

Melanoma is one of the most dangerous types of skin cancer and, even with good health insurance, your medical costs can add up quickly. The disease adds hardship to your life and affects your family and dependents as well. When diagnoses are linked to use of other medications, the manufacturers of these drugs can be challenged. For erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs like Viagra and Cialis, recent studies suggest an association with melanoma.

Is Melanoma Really a Side Effect?

Viagra, Cialis, and other similar drugs come with a long list of side effects ranging from headaches to memory problems to changes in color vision. One thing the makers of these drugs don’t warn for is a potential link to melanoma. Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), Stendra (avanafil), and Levitra and Stayxn (vardenafil) are all in a class of drugs known as PDE-5 inhibitors. Researchers, knowing that lower PDE-5 levels present in melanoma cases, have tested these drugs for links to development of the disease.

Two longitudinal studies, one performed in the US and one in Sweden, found a small increase in melanoma cases among men who used four ED medications:

  • Viagra
  • Cialis
  • Levitra
  • Stayxn

The authors of these studies suggested paths that others might use to follow up, and many researchers have joined the debate over whether there is an association. Some further studies have illustrated the link between PDE-5 inhibitors and melanoma growth. After learning the evidence, multiple users of Viagra and Cialis who developed melanoma brought suit alleging the medications played a factor in their disease. If you took any of these medications and later developed melanoma, you may be eligible to do the same.

Manufacturer Liability in Pharmaceutical Cases

You may have heard about Johnson & Johnson’s recent $8 million payout to users of the drug Risperdal. The same company had to pay over $37 million due to cancer-causing baby powder. The basis of these, and many similar lawsuits, is that these products did not come with a warning. There’s a reason drug advertisements come with a paragraph of small text outlining potential side effects. When companies fail to inform consumers about the risks of using any product, they become liable for any harms caused by it.

An experienced pharmaceuticals attorney can evaluate your case and advise you on your next steps. Don’t hesitate to reach out online or by phone at (864) 408-8890 if you have any questions.

How Can I Sue a Drug Company?

Bringing suit against a pharmaceutical manufacturer starts much like any other case. You must gather evidence that you used the product, and that it caused tangible harms. When it comes to cases like these, we also bring in scientific experts to testify on your behalf. Researchers who have conducted studies like the ones that established the connection between ED medications and melanoma can explain to the judge and the jury in detail what effects these medications have on a cellular level.

Though pharmaceutical cases can be filed by one person, multiple filings are often combined into one mass tort case by judges. This allows all arguments to be presented at one time rather than stretching judicial resources with hundreds or even thousands of cases about the same issue. When a large number of people make the same claim, they may support each other’s arguments, as one case of medication-caused illness could be waved off as a fluke that had more to do with the claimant than the drug.

We Help with Pharmaceutical Claims

Our experienced pharmaceutical team is here to answer your questions if you’ve taken Viagra, Cialis, or other PDE-5 blockers and later been diagnosed with melanoma. We’ve helped many clients recover damages from dangerous medical devices and drugs. Cases against Viagra and Cialis are already working their way through the courts, though no decision has been made. If you are considering filing a lawsuit to recoup medical and other costs associated with your melanoma diagnosis, get a free case evaluation today.

Contact us online or call (864) 408-8890 to speak to one of our lawyers.

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