Published on:

Viagra Melanoma Legal Claims

pills2New data suggests an association between melanoma skin cancer and Viagra. This has led many patients suffering from erectile dysfunction to question whether the benefits of this drug justify the risk of death that many accompany it.

If you or someone you love has developed melanoma while taking Viagra, you may have an injury or wrongful death lawsuit against Pfizer who has never adequately warned patients and their doctors of this risk. If you believe you have a claim, call our lawyers for free at 800-553-8082 or get a free Internet consultation. We can discuss your options with you.

The Association Between Viagra and Melanoma

The understanding of the potential risks of melanoma with Viagra took flight in 2014 for the general public when Harvard Medical School released a new study indicating that Viagra users were 84% more likely to develop melanoma skin cancer.

Why? First, it is worth pointing out that no one knows. But there is a theory that makes sense. Some doctors have hypothesized that Viagra lowers levels of PDE-5A, a protein in the body that fights off cancer. This allows melanoma cells to divide and multiply a cancer-fighting protein called PDE5A. This, in turn, results in melanoma skin cancer cells becoming more invasive.

It is an early study and obviously there is more work to be done to determine what the risk might be. But this was no rinky dink study. It included nearly 26,000 men over a 10 year period and it took into account a lot of the things that could throw off the study, such as family history of cancer and amount of sun exposure. Could this study be off-base? Absolutely. It that a likely outcome? Absolutely not. We will see but I think the likely end result of all of this is a new understanding that Viagra causes melanoma.

Is Viagra the Only Drug We Should Be Concerned About

No.  Viagra is part of a class of drugs known, as we discussed above, as PDE-5 drugs called phosphodiesterase-5  inhibitors.  Others are similar drugs, many of which you have seen in an estimated 6 zillion television commercials, including Cialis (tadalafil), Levitra (vardenafil), Revatio (sildenafil), Adcirca (tadalafil), and Staxyn (vardenafil).  So if you buy into the “PDE-5A inhibitors is the problem here” all of these drugs could potentially be implicated.

Melanoma Is One of the Last Skin Cancers You Want to Get

Melanoma is a deadly cancer that kills near 10,000 people in this country every year.  If caught early, melanoma is very frequently curable.  But if you miss it, and it is not hard to miss, the cancer can spread to the point where it cannot be treated.

Getting a Lawyer

Are we at the very early stages of this litigation?  Yes.  But now is the time to get a lawyer and figure out what your options may be.  Call us 800-553-8082 or get a free Internet consultation.

Posted in:
Published on:
Updated: