For the last few years, reports have been spreading about the possible link between Viagara and skin cancer. Scary stuff. You’d think that taking a drug to treat erectile dysfunction wouldn’t have anything to do with developing dangerous lesions on your skin, but maybe it does. And it’s getting lots of legal attention.
It all seems to have started with a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine in April of 2014. The study found a link between taking the erectile dysfunction drug and having an almost doubled risk of developing melanoma.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer at present for people living in the United States, and according to the Melanoma Research Foundation, melanoma- the most deadly type- kills around 10,000 people each year in the country. That’s about one person every hour. Yikes.
But what’s the legal issue? An estimated 45 million men may have taken Viagara for a multitude of personal reasons since Pfizer first brought the drug to the market in 1998, but Pfizer never listed an increased risk of skin cancer in their inventory of side effects.
That’s right:Pfizer didn’t tell anyone. The makers of Viagara failed to warn any men taking their wonder-drug that they were potentially putting their life on the line every time they stepped into the warm, inviting sun.
And so no one put on extra sunscreen or covered up that much more. Why would they? Having sex and getting some sun are often- even if not always- two mutually exclusive things.
The result is that brewing legal action has now come about. Lawyers are inviting men who take or took Viagara and suffered from melanoma, to fight back.
“Filing a lawsuit holds companies accountable,” Drugwatch.com states in their website.
“A number of attorneys are accepting claims from men who took Viagra and developed melanoma. These claims are still in the initial stages, though once the public is aware of the risk more men may come forward.
If you or a loved one took the drug and suffered from melanoma skin cancer, protect your rights and safe guard your ability to file a lawsuit for any compensation you may be entitled to. Depending on the state, you only have limited amount of time to file a claim,” the site adds.
Will they win? Who knows. New evidence is now indicating different results when looking at the relationship between the drug and skin cancer. A new study has concluded that there actually might be no link at all between Viagara and an increased risk of getting skin cancer.
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine say they’ve found that it all just comes down to a simple coincidence- maybe too simple. Men who’ve taken Viagara and now have melanoma, they’ve concluded, just spent more time in the sun than others.
So what’s the layperson to conclude? It’s hard to say. As drugwatch.com points out, “Viagara has a rocky history when it comes to lawsuits, and Pfizer is no stranger to defending its drug in court.”
Apparently, Pfizer has already had to endure legal claims involving Viagara and heart events, and both vision and hearing loss.
So maybe they’re guilty of another transgression, but many questions are hovering. One has to wonder whether lawyers are simply circling like vultures around a somewhat difficult drug that’s been attacked before, waiting to join in.
And from a more strategic stand point, hearing the results of the new study, one questions whose corporate money is going into the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, to keep their research programs top-rate. Is it influential?
What to do? With so many things to ponder, it seems like the best- and possibly the only sane- action is to… cover up. Men, be informed, keep that sunscreen close by and stay in the shade. And enjoy your free time this summer in every possible safe way you can.