Contaminated FinPlus Hair Regrowth Drug
Compound Finasteride FinPlus: Searcy Denney’s Dangerous Hair Regrowth Drug Investigation
If you or a loved one have recently experienced symptoms after taking a hair regrowth medication marketed as “Compounded Finasteride FinPlus” or “FinPlus,” you may be entitled to receive compensation from the compounding pharmacy that created the blend and/or the manufacturers of the ingredients in the dangerous drugs.
The product liability team at Searcy Denney is investigating claims that individuals who purchased FinPlus may have experienced symptoms consistent with minoxidil toxicity or overdose, leading to the possibility of serious injury, disability or death.
Several South Florida patients were notified in April of 2020 that the compounding pharmacy that produced the specially blended drug had shipped out a “bad batch” of FinPlus capsules to patients in and around Boca Raton, Florida. Our legal team has learned that at least 70 patients in the South Florida area have allegedly ingested the contaminated capsules and we suspect that there may be more patients at risk around the country.
About the Contaminated FinPlus Batch
FinPlus, which is prescribed to both men and women, should contain a combination of finasteride (the generic version of the hair regrowth drug Propecia) and a proprietary blend of vitamins, herbs, and other nutrients. According to its label, each dose of FinPlus contains 1.25 mg of finasteride — a 25 percent higher amount than other hair growth medications containing finasteride that can be purchased from traditional pharmacies. FinPlus, which costs less than name-brand finasteride products, is marketed as providing healthy circulation as well as enhancing hair, skin, and nail functions.
Patients have been informed that the “bad batch” of FinPlus may have been contaminated with another drug called minoxidil. Minoxidil is a powerful medication used for heart disease as well as hair regrowth. MasterPharm produces other compounded pharmaceutical products containing minoxidil and it is not clear yet why or how the drug came to allegedly be mixed in with the FinPlus compound.
Symptoms Resulting from the Contaminated FinPlus Batch
Some of the people who have ingested pills from the contaminated lot are reporting serious symptoms, which include:
- Heart palpitations
- Hypotension or low blood pressure
- Fainting spells
- Irregular heart rate or tachycardia
- Overwhelming fatigue
- Sweats and flushing
- Shortness of breath
The symptoms listed above may indicate minoxidil toxicity or overdose and can lead to serious injuries, disability or even death.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Taking FinPlus?
If you have ingested FinPlus, or are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you should see your doctor to get checked out for any signs of minoxidil toxicity. Ensuring your health is the number one priority. We also encourage you to reach out to our legal team for information regarding a possible claim for damages.
Our Florida Finasteride lawsuit attorneys are continuing to investigate the FinPlus hair loss drug to determine who may be liable for the damages you have sustained after ingesting capsules from this contaminated of medicine. Our law firm has the experience and resources to conduct a thorough investigation of the manufacture and distribution of contaminated compounded finasteride. We always fight aggressively for the rights of patients harmed through dangerous drugs, and you can rest assured that, if necessary, we will fight for you in court. We never stop until you get the financial compensation that you deserve.
Where Did Compounded Finasteride FinPlus Come From?
Compounded Finasteride FinPlus is manufactured and distributed at the New York-based mail order compounding pharmacy MasterPharm LLC.
Compounding pharmacies like MasterPharm are specialized outfits that can legally combine, alter, or mix various ingredients – including both prescription and over-the-counter drugs — to create a new drug product. Often, compounding pharmacies are used to convert the formulation of a drug into a cream, liquid, nasal spray, or injectable product to make it easier for the patient to take. Other times, compounding pharmacies are used to produce an established drug at a different strength or dose than is readily available by the drug manufacturers. Compounding pharmacies are also used to mix so-called natural remedies, such as herbs, with FDA-approved pharmaceuticals to produce marketable products that are touted as being e more beneficial for the patient.
While pharmacists must supervise all the operations of a compounding pharmacy, products sold at compounding pharmacies are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) like traditional, mass produced pharmaceuticals which are dispensed through retail drug stores. Compounded medications are prepared following the dosage instructions of a licensed physician and tailored to the needs of each individual patient. However, the producers of compound drugs must follow applicable state and federal laws and must act with reasonable care when producing and distributing drug products to consumers.
What Can I be Compensated for in a Florida Finasteride Lawsuit?
If the compounding pharmacy and/or the ingredient manufacturer or distributor were negligent in that they failed to perform their respective operations with reasonable care, causing a dangerous condition, injured patients would be entitled to seek compensatory damages from the legally responsible parties.
The patients that we have been in contact with who have ingested these contaminated drugs have incurred medical bills and other costs associated with extensive medical evaluations, lost wages, and the heightened risks associated with hospitalizations and other medical treatment due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. There may also be instances where non-economic damages including pain and suffering could be claimed against the negligent defendants.
In addition, if it turns out that the compounding pharmacy, the ingredients manufacturer, or another person or corporation involved in the supply chain acted intentionally or egregiously, injured patients may be entitled to punitive damages. Rather than requiring a correlation to actual losses, economic or otherwise, punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer.
Who Can be Held Legally Responsible?
In order to hold the compounding pharmacy and other responsible liable for your injuries, our bad drug attorneys must prove:
- That you suffered physical and/or financial injury from taking the Compounded Finasteride FinPlus hair regrowth blend;
- That the drug was defective and dangerous;
- That you used the product in a reasonable manner; and
- That taking the dangerous drug was the legal cause of your injury.
A manufacturer of a defective drug product cannot be required to pay damages for the harm to patients absent the filing of a lawsuit or negotiation of a mutual settlement agreement.
Florida Finasteride Lawsuit? Contact a Florida Product Liability Attorney Today
The circumstances relating to the manufacture and distribution of contaminated Compounded Finasteride FinPlus continues to evolve as more injured patients come forward. If you or a loved one has taken FinPlus, we encourage you to seek medical attention and reach out to our team to learn more about your rights regarding a Florida Finasteride lawsuit. Call us today at 855-436-3814 or reach out to us online.