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Filing a Melanoma Lawsuit after Taking Viagra®

News / September 4, 2015

If you’re considering filing a melanoma lawsuit after taking Viagra®, contact an attorney at the Hollis Law Firm. Our attorneys will review your case on an individual basis to assess your options for moving forward with a claim.

viagra lawyerWhile the active ingredient used in Viagra (sildenafil citrate) was originally created as a treatment for chest pain and pulmonary arterial hypertension, Pfizer resubmitted the drug to be used to treat erectile dysfunction. After approval in 1998 from the FDA, Viagra became the first oral drug to be marketed for erectile dysfunction, and has since been taken by over 45 million men.

In 2014, a study, which was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, found a strong correlation between sildenafil and the occurrence of melanoma. The study received survey responses from over 25,000 men, and found that the use of sildenafil almost doubled the risk of developing melanoma, even if the drug was only taken for a short period of time. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and can spread to lymph nodes and other organs if left undetected. Once the cancer has reached this stage, known as metastatic melanoma, it is very difficult to treat. The manufacturer of Viagra, Pfizer, did not place a warning for the increased risk of developing melanoma on the drug’s packaging.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with melanoma after taking the drug erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, it may be in your best interest to discuss your case with an experienced, compassionate attorney. The Hollis Law Firm will review the specific aspects of your case, and, if applicable, will provide you with advice on how to move forward with a claim. To contact the Hollis Law Firm, call 1-800-701-3672 or complete the contact form on this page. Please note that an attorney-client relationship only exists once a specific written retainer agreement is reached between you and the firm.