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The Viagra injury attorneys at the Drug Law Center has successfully resolved many wrongful death lawsuits, medical malpractice cases, product liability, and personal injury compensation claims for clients who have suffered serious injury or death after taking the erectile dysfunction medication.

Introduction

Viagra Drug RecallViagra (sildenafil) is a prescription medication used to treat impotence (erectile dysfunction) in men. The generic version sildenafil is sold under the brand name Revatio that was initially developed for men and women and prescribed to improve exercise and treat pulmonary arterial hypertension. The medication is designed to increase blood flow into the penis to ensure males can get and sustain erections whenever the man is stimulated or sexually aroused.

History of Viagra

The FDA initially approved Viagra in early 1998 as an oral medication that is prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction. Pfizer Laboratory scientists first discovered the unusual properties of their brand name Revatio medication that was originally developed and marketed in 1989 as a cardiovascular. Two years later, in 1991, the drug maker re-patented and remarketed the drug as Viagra.

Early clinical trials used to reveal the safety and efficacy of sildenafil citrate did not produce optimal results as a heart disease treatment. However, male clinical trial volunteers were highly resistant in returning any unused medication because the drug side effects were causing longer-lasting, firmer, and harder erections.

By August 2003, the Food in Drug Administration approved the use of brand-name Levitra (vardenafil hydrochloride), manufactured by the Bayer Corporation as a competitor to Viagra. Three months later in November 2003, ED treatment Cialis (tadalafil), manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & company received approval from the FDA. However, all the medications had similar side effects as Viagra that produce serious problems for men suffering from abnormal blood pressure or heart problems.

How Viagra Works

For many men, Viagra is an effective treatment for ED (Erectile Dysfunction). The little blue pill can increase blood flow to the penis to allow the mail to get and maintain an erection that is hard and firm enough to enjoy sexual activity. The medication can be taken up to four hours prior to sexual activity. The medication only works if the man is stimulated (tactile or visual stimulation) or sexually aroused (sexual thoughts).

Who Should Avoid Taking Viagra?

Men should avoid taking Viagra if they suffer allergic reactions to sildenafil or currently on other drugs as a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension. In addition, men taking any nitrate medication as a treatment for heart problems or chest pain should not take Viagra. These medications include isosorbide mononitrate, isosorbide dinitrate, or nitroglycerin. This is because the interaction between nitrate medicines and Viagra can cause severe and sudden decreases in blood pressure.

Male patients should discuss any medical condition that could be adversely affected during Viagra use. Some of these conditions include:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Decreased or elevated blood pressure
  • Viagra Side Effects
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Hemophilia or other bleeding disorder
  • Blood cell disorders including leukemia, multiple myeloma, or sickle cell anemia
  • Peyronie’s disease (penis deformity)
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Any other health condition that could be affected by sexual intercourse

Viagra is known to decrease the flow of blood to the eyes optic nerve producing sudden vision loss. While this condition is rare, many individuals who have suffered from vision loss also had some other medical concern including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or pre-existing eye issues. Males who are 17 years or younger should not use Viagra.

Viagra Side Effects

Any Viagra user experiencing a reaction after taking the medication should seek immediate emergency medical assistance. Common allergic reactions to the drug include swelling of the throat, tongue, lips, or face, difficulty in breathing, and hives. Common side effects associated with Viagra include:

  • Symptoms related to heart attacks including chest pressure or pain, sweating, nausea or pain that spreads to the shoulder or jaw.
  • Sudden vision loss or changes in normal vision
  • Painful erections lasting four hours or longer that could cause significant damage to the penis
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Convulsions (seizures)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen feet, ankles, or hands
  • A sensation of lightheadedness
  • Dizziness, headaches, or flushing (tingly sensation)
  • Stuffy nose
  • Upset stomach
  • Back pain or muscle pain
  • Blurry or abnormal vision

Viagra Recall

Studies have revealed there is a correlation to males taking Viagra in the development of melanoma, a potentially deadly malignant skin cancer. JAMA International Medicine released research information showing that Viagra users at nearly twice the potential risk of developing melanoma compared to those who do not take the drug. However, the FDA has yet to recall Viagra from the medical market.

Viagra Lawsuits

Since the initial launch of Viagra after his 1998 FDA approval, doctors have prescribed a drug to nearly 70 million men worldwide, generating more than $1.7 billion in annual revenue for Pfizer, Inc., the giant pharmaceutical company. However, many men have suffered serious side effects and adverse reactions including skin cancer after taking the medication. Pfizer has yet to include in its Black Box Warning label that there is a correlation between taking the medication and the development of malignant melanoma.

Many plaintiffs filing a Viagra lawsuit against Pfizer are making claims of the pharmaceutical company was aware, or should have been aware, of the potential side effects but chose to conceal the information from patients, doctors, and the medical community.

  • Chicago Court to Hear Filed Viagra Skin Cancer Lawsuit

January 2015 – An Illinois plaintiff has filed a Viagra skin cancer lawsuit against Pfizer Inc., manufacturer of erectile dysfunction medication. The plaintiff has made claims that taking the popular “blue pill” (Viagra) to treat his erectile dysfunction caused the development of melanoma skin cancer.

The plaintiff claims he was prescribed Viagra in 2008 as a supposedly effective treatment for his erectile dysfunction. The man took the medication until the end of 2012 when he was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer after having a biopsy of a neck mole. The plaintiff is claiming that had he been made aware of the potential risk of developing melanoma by taking Viagra, he would have considered many other options or never took the prescription medication at all.

  • Viagra Melanoma Lawsuit Filed Seeking Financial Compensation from Pfizer Inc.

2015 – Another Viagra melanoma lawsuit has been filed against Pfizer Inc., this time against a Kentucky plaintiff alleges that the pharmaceutical giant’s erectile dysfunction pill led to the development of his deadly melanoma skin cancer. The plaintiff had received is first Viagra prescription the year the erectile dysfunction medication was available in the medical marketplace and took the product until the end of 2012.

The plaintiff is claiming that Pfizer Inc. never made him aware of the complications caused by taking the medication that led to his melanoma skin cancer. While the skin lesions were removed through a successful surgery, the plaintiff will forever be at high risk of developing the deadliest form of skin cancer.

  • Illinois Man Files Viagra Lawsuit after Diagnosis of Deadly Melanoma Skin Cancer

December 2014 – An Illinois man has filed a Viagra lawsuit against Pfizer Inc. alleging that his melanoma skin cancer was a direct result of taking the erectile dysfunction medication. The plaintiff alleges that the blue pill’s most active ingredient (sildenafil citrate) is a side effect from taking Viagra.

Lawsuit documents reveal that the plaintiff is claiming that Pfizer the was aware, or should have been aware, of the correlation between skin cancer and taking the medication. The plaintiff also alleges that Pfizer failed to warn of the correlation of developing life-threatening cancer and taking Viagra when the company was made aware by an article published in the JAMA Internal Medicine. The article revealed that the chances of males developing melanoma increase 84 percent when compared to those individuals who were not taking the erectile dysfunction medicine.

  • Prostate Cancer Research Alleges Viagra May Cause Deadly Disease

February 2015 – While Viagra drug maker Pfizer Inc. has known of the link between taking the drug and developing melanoma skin cancer, a new study has revealed a correlation between the ED (erectile dysfunction) medication and increased risk of recurrent prostate cancer after undergoing prostatectomy. The study revealed that men taking the sexual activity enhancing medication following radical prostatectomy have potentially higher risk of developing recurrent prostate cancer compared to those who do not use the drug.

Researchers believe the correlation of sildenafil citrate, the active ingredient in Viagra, likely lowers levels of PDE5A (phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors) that likely has the potential of increasing deadly melanoma skin cancer cells.

  • Viagra Melanoma Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed by Surviving Wife

May 2015 – Pfizer is facing another Viagra wrongful death lawsuit, this time filed by a Minnesota woman after her husband died of deadly melanoma skin cancer. The plaintiff is alleging that Pfizer Inc., the drugmaker, failed to warn her husband of the potentially fatal side effects of taking the erectile dysfunction medication.

Lawsuit documents reveal that the plaintiff said that had her husband “known of the risks associated with taking Viagra, [he] would have elected not to take Viagra and, consequently, would not have experienced its serious side effects” that claimed his life. The documents also mentioned research studies that show the correlation of the erectile dysfunction drug and melanoma skin cancer. One report indicated that using Viagra increased the potential of developing the deadly skin condition by as much as 84 percent.

Let Us Handle Your Viagra Lawsuit Compensation Claim

The Viagra injury attorneys at the Drug Law Center are passionate about assisting victims suffering serious side effects after taking the defective erectile dysfunction medication. Even though there is yet to be a Viagra recall in 2017, we know the medication has serious side effects including sudden vision loss, the development of melanoma and NAION (non-arthritic ischemic optic neuropathy).

Our legal team is currently accepting cases of victims pursuing claims against Pfizer Inc. and manufacturers of other competitive erectile dysfunction medications. We build our cases on the company’s failure to warn of the potential side effects of using the medication and resolve our financial compensation claims on product liability, negligence, failing to warn and breach of the duty of protecting the safety of the consumer.

If you, or your loved one, have suffered a serious side effect by using any erectile dysfunction medication including Viagra, contact us today. Let us begin the process of handling your case for compensation. We are currently postponing payment of our legal services until after we have successfully resolved your case. Our “no win/no fee” guarantee ensures you will pay is nothing if we are unable to win a jury trial award or successfully negotiate an out-of-court settlement on your behalf.

Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation, complimentary case evaluation. All information you share with our legal team remains confidential. We have years of strategically resolving complex personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases just like yours.

Sources:
https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm162833.htm
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2010/020895s033lbl.pdf
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/in-depth/erectile-dysfunction/art-20047821
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24710960
http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1857095

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