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Date:4/13/2012

revised labels contain "an important message that people need to hear."

"Particularly because Propecia is used by 20- and 30-year-olds for hair loss and these are people of childbearing age, so if they are getting issues with fertility that a big issue," he said.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Merck said:

"Merck believes that Propecia and Proscar are generally well tolerated and effective for their respective intended uses in accordance with their approved product labeling. In addition, please note that a causal relationship between the use of Propecia or Proscar and continued sexual dysfunction after discontinuation of treatment has not been established."

D'Amico said Thursday's announcement from the FDA "points up the usefulness of post-marketing studies on drugs that have been studied, but not for long enough periods to know what can happen when large numbers of people use them and what happens when they are discontinued."

More information

For more on the label changes, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

SOURCES: Anthony D'Amico, M.D., chief of genitourinary radiation oncology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; April 12, 2012, news release, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; April 12, 2012, news release, Merck & Co., Whitehouse Station, N.J.


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