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Recently linked to melanoma, Viagra may be a defective drug

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. 

The cause may have already been pinpointed in earlier research that noted that Viagra can cause melanin synthesis to increase, which can cause melanoma. Melanoma is actually the most deadly form of skin cancer that humans can develop. Every hour, an individual suffering from melanoma dies, which accounts for three-fourths of all skin cancer deaths in America.

When patients take medications prescribed to them by a healthcare provider, they do so with the expectation that the drug will help more than harm them. Although mild side effects such as nausea are not entirely uncommon, a serious increase in the risk for melanoma from a potentially defective drug can have a drastic impact on an individual's life. If a California individual has been diagnosed with melanoma following the use of Viagra, it is possible that there may have been a link between the two. Although financial recourse can never undo the damage that a defective drug can cause, a successfully litigated product liability claim can provide compensation that may be essential for addressing related medical bills and pain and suffering.

Source: newsinferno.com, "Study Finds Association Between Viagra Use and Melanoma", Cynthia A. Diaz-Shephard, Sept. 9, 2014

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