The Rule To Show Cause Order We Mentioned — In Merck’s Propecia® MDL — Is For A Doctor/PI Who Led Finasteride Clinical Trials

So, it turns out (as I guessed in comments) that the non-party witness — in the Propecia® MDL who is (allegedly, at least) “wholly failing” to comply with a lawfully-issued subpoena duces tecum is, in fact the person Merck credits with having “discovered” the prostate- reducing effects of finasteride (the generic name for Propecia), lo those many years ago.

In addition, and tellingly, the very same doctor was the PI, (or Principal Investigator in FDA parlance), on numerous large national clinical trials back when finasteride was not yet approved by FDA — studying safety, and efficacy. The PI of any given clinical trial accepts federally-mandated oversight and signature responsibility — for that clinical trial on (in this case) a new drug candidate, under numerous existing FDA/HHS/ORI rules.

No mention however, that she was studying its use as a baldness reducing candidate — just a prostate reducing one.

I would be willing to bet however (as the plaintiffs plainly are, as well. . . so willing) that her research might have shown some off target (i.e., erectile dysfunction) side effects. We shall see, as ever.

But for now, here is the full memo of law in support of the potential order to show cause ruling. Pop the popcorn folks, this one just got interesting. She was served at 525 East 68th Street in New York City, back in February 2015 — which as Google Maps explains — just happens to be the New York Presbyterian Cornell Med Center. Must be one of the places where she conducts her (likely now unrelated) research, to this day. Onward.


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