Viagra Lawsuit

Viagra is a controversial drug with a reputation for unexpected side effects like sudden hearing loss and vision loss. Now the erectile dysfunction medication may be responsible for causing an increased risk of fatal skin cancer.


Background of Viagra Lawsuits

Sildenafil, better known as its brand name Viagra, is one of the most famous drugs in history. The little blue pill was patented in 1996 and approved by the Food and Drug Administration on March 27, 1998. It became the first oral treatment of erectile dysfunction in the United States.

To say Viagra was a smashing success would be an understatement. At its peak in 2012, Viagra brought in more than $2 billion in revenue. Millions of men suffering from erectile dysfunction were willing to pay a premium price to overcome a sexual dysfunction that not only affects performance but also self-confidence.

Although men were willing to pay a high price for Viagra, they often got more than they bargained for.


History of Viagra Lawsuits

Pfizer is no stranger when it comes to defending its drug in court. Viagra has a long history of lawsuits and court battles for serious and unexpected side effects. Over the years, Pfizer has paid millions of dollars to patients suffering from a range of issues.

Here’s a quick rundown of cases against Viagra:

Hearing Loss - In 2007, the Food and Drug Administration requested modification of Viagra’s label to include a warning about sudden hearing loss. This came after 29 reported cases of men suffering unexpected hearing loss and lawsuits against Pfizer.

Vision Loss - Despite Pfizer’s claim that Viagra does not cause blindness, men who experienced sudden vision loss after taking the drug also filed lawsuits against the manufacturer. At one point, the FDA reported 38 cases of Viagra users suffering from a condition called Non-Arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION) that caused vision loss.

Heart Issues - Some of the first lawsuits against the makers of Viagra involved heart issues. As a result of the sudden drop in blood pressure, Viagra had been linked to possible heart complications like cardiac arrest.


Viagra’s Link to Melanoma

A recent medical study published by JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that men who use Viagra may have a higher risk of developing melanoma. Researchers looked at data from more than 25,000 men who participated in the study and found that men who had used Viagra had nearly twice the risk of developing melanoma.

This finding is important because it may affect the millions of men who have taken the drug since it was first approved in 1998.

Even though the link between Viagra and melanoma is still being investigated, editor of JAMA Internal Medicine June Robinson wrote an editorial in the same issue as the first study suggesting a plausible association between PDE5 inhibitors like Viagra and melanoma.