While many men in California may have benefited from Viagra, a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction, research has revealed that it may have a deadly side effect. Melanoma, a deadly skin cancer, has been linked to Viagra use. Men who have taken Viagra and then were later diagnosed with melanoma may have a strong platform for a product liability claim against Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer of the potentially defective drug.
Although Viagra was approved for use in 1998 by the Food and Drug Administration, research published in a popular medical journal demonstrated a significant link between the drug and melanoma. In fact, men who used Viagra or medications with similar components were nearly 85 percent more likely to develop melanoma than men who did not use it. However, long-term use of the drug was not necessary for the increased risk. Men who took Viagra only once were also at an increased risk.