It wouldn’t be the first time someone sued Pfizer Inc. for its male-enhancing drug, but a Florida man did just that on July 21 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. The plaintiff, Ernest Mike Cross, in the suit accuses Pfizer of unjust enrichment and breach of duty in that they failed to exercise due care when manufacturing and testing the drug.¹

This plaintiff’s case and more than 100 others are being transferred by a federal judicial panel to San Francisco for pretrial to be heard by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg. Nearly all of these case have been brought by men who have been diagnosed with melanoma or by the families of those who have died already from cancer.

What Are the Details and Allegations in the Viagra Court Cases?

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Viagra Lawsuit Alleges Pfizer Hid Risks, Dangers of the Drug

The following details and allegations were gathered in new reports as well as from court documents filed in court cases:2

  • Cross’ complaint alleges that Pfizer designed, tested, manufactured, marketed and sold the dangerous drug, Viagra, negligently concealed and misrepresented the risks, defects, dangers and disadvantages of taking the prescription medicine, and that they failed to inform the consumers about the safety precautions of using it.
  • Cross seeks compensation for damages, punitive damages, interest, cost of suit, attorney’s fees and any other financial reward the court deems necessary.
  • Other plaintiffs’ claims cite studies that have found that the enzyme used in Viagra causes a cell mutation that can turn into melanoma.
  • In 2014, one such study by the journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine found that patients taking sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, had developed a high risk, or 84 percent chance of developing melanoma.
  • An estimated 35 million men take Viagra, according to court documents.
  • Pfiser attorneys supported the transfer of the cases to Judge Seeborg, but deny any allegations or claims made against the drug, noting that the studies had several limitations.

“Viagra’s safety and efficacy have been studied in 136 clinical trials, and there is no reliable scientific evidence that the medicine causes melanoma. Pfizer stands behind this important medicine and intends to vigorously defend these lawsuits,” said Pfizer spokeswoman Neha Wadhwa in a written statement.

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1“Customer accuses Viagra manufacturers of product liability” published in the Madison – St. Clair Record, August 2016.

2“More Than 100 Viagra Suits Alleging Skin Cancer Headed to San Francisco” published in The National Law Journal, April 2016.