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Viagra Tied to Melanoma Cancer

Viagra and Melanoma – What They Knew, When They Knew It

Viagra (sildenafil citrate) is undoubtedly the most famous “little blue pill” in history. In 2016, Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company that makes Viagra, made $1.14 billion in U.S. sales and over $2 billion worldwide. With so many men taking this prescription, should the bottle carry a warning about the dangerous risk for melanoma (skin cancer)?

What They Knew

A study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine that determine that men who took Viagra had an 84 percent higher risk for having melanoma (skin cancer) than men who didn’t take the ED (erectile dysfunction) drug. Research began in 2000 when doctors questioned 26,000 men about their sexual health, if they used Viagra, how much time did they spend in the sun and if they had any genetic skin cancer risks (which included hair and eye color and mole growth). After ten years, it was found that the men who used Viagra were twice as likely to have melanoma.

So how can Viagra increase the risk for melanoma? One theory is that Viagra helps patients get an erection by suppressing the phosphodiesterase (PDE) 5A enzyme.This apparently mimics the activation of a mutation seen in melanoma. Simply put, if the PDE5A enzyme is lowered from the use of Viagra, there is a potential for melanoma cells to increase.

When They Knew It

While this study linking Viagra use to melanoma was published in 2014, there is still no warning on the label to make patients aware of the risk of skin cancer.  In June 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will “study the potential link between melanoma and erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs including sildenafil (Viagra)”, but as of yet, there have been no updates from the FDA.

What Can You Do?

If you took Viagra and currently have or have had melanoma, you may be able to receive compensation. You probably have expensive medicals bills and you might have had to take time off of work as a result of many doctors appointments, for recovery time or worse… Pfizer has been aware of the link of Viagra to melanoma for at least four years and they still fail to warn patients of the risk. Contact us today to see if you qualify to make a claim.

Viagra Warnings In The News

6/24/15: Men Who Take Viagra Increase Skin Cancer Risk By 21%: The Little-Known Link Between Money & Sex

A recent study has suggested that Viagra itself does not directly cause melanoma, but rather men who are prescribed the drug are more likely to have high skin cancer risk lifestyles. The finding raises an interesting idea and suggests that our sex lives and spending habits may be intrinsically linked.

The study, which is currently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is the product of an analysis of more than 20,000 male medical records. Among these men, 4,065 were found to have malignant melanoma between 2006 and 2012, and of these 435 had taken a drug to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). The data showed that taking an ED drug raised men’s risk of developing melanoma by 21 percent, but more importantly, the team found that the statistical risk of developing malignant melanoma did not increase with men who took more drugs for a longer period of time. As explained in the press release, this “dose relationship” between drug use and disease prevalence would be expected if the drugs were the direct cause of the cancer.

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Filed Viagra Complaints & Damages

7/25/16: Mayer vs. Pfizer Inc.

Unbeknownst to Viagra® users, studies have shown that the cellular activity providing the mechanism of action for Viagra® is associated with the development and/or exacerbation of melanoma. The American Cancer Society states that melanoma is “the most serious type of skin cancer.”

Several studies have linked the mechanism of action for Viagra® to cell mutation cultivating melanomagenesis, or the creation of melanocytes which develop into melanoma. A study published in 2011 found that treatment with Viagra® can promote melanoma cell invasion. Specifically, by inhibiting PDE5, Viagra® mimics an effect of gene activation and therefore may potentially function as a trigger for the creation of melanoma cells. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Cell Biochemistry also found that PDE5 inhibitors were shown to promote melanin synthesis, which may exacerbate melanoma development.

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