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Coming on the heels of two studies recently released regarding the potential dangers of testosterone supplements and the FDA’s announcement that they would be investigating those dangers, five lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer of AndroGel. The first study, reported in the Journal of American Medical Association, concluded that men who take testosterone supplements could be nearly 30% more likely to experience an adverse cardiovascular event, a stroke, or could even die. The study followed 8,700 men who took a testosterone supplement for three years, although no differentiation was made between the method of delivery. Testosterone supplements may be taken orally, implanted, injected, or can come in the form of a cream, gel, patch or transdermal film.
A second study was halted before completion as too many men experienced adverse cardiovascular events during the study. Many men seek prescriptions for testosterone as they begin to experience what are, by and large, the normal effects of aging. Men who begin losing some of their bone density, strength and muscle mass or who begin having lower libido or suffering increasing levels of fatigue may ask their doctor for a testosterone supplement in order to slow down those aging effects. Further, the aggressive marketing of testosterone supplements likely has something to do with the millions of prescriptions being issued for testosterone supplements.
You Need to Preserve Your Testosterone Claim
The manufacturers of Andro-Gel is the first to be hit with lawsuits, as five men filed lawsuits against AbbVie, Inc, and Abbot Laboratories on February 4, 2014. These lawsuits claim the manufacturers concealed facts about the serious side effects associated with Andro-Gel. It is expected that these lawsuits are only the beginning; three of the five men claim they suffered a heart attack due to Andro-Gel, while one claims he suffered a stroke and the fifth, a mini-stroke. Other physical and emotional damages are also alleged, and mention is made of the dearth of television commercials which aggressively market Andro-Gel for those who suffer from “low-T.”
As far back as 2000, the FDA informed AbbVie, Inc. that claims and representation which suggest that AndroGel is indicated for men with age-associated symptoms of low testosterone were misleading, and that testosterone supplements should only be prescribed for men with properly diagnosed hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is a medical condition in which the body does not produce enough testosterone (as opposed to the natural decline of testosterone as a man ages).
Many testosterone manufacturers have been accused of placing profits before the safety and health of consumers as well as recklessly marketing testosterone treatments in direct-to-consumer ads which encourage otherwise healthy men to seek prescription testosterone medication if they suffer from lack of energy, weight gain, a decreased sex drive and other issues experience by men as they age. If you feel you suffered harm as a result of taking a testosterone drug it is important that your claim be properly preserved.
Testosterone Claims and the Applicable Statute of Limitations
As with other product or drug liability lawsuits, there is a statute of limitations which must be adhered to. While this statute differs from state to state, the most common statute of limitations is two years. The state of Texas operates under a two-year statute of limitations, and the Sullo & Sullo attorneys can ensure that statute is not exceeded. If a lawsuit for damages or injuries is not filed within the statute of limitations, it will be forever barred, meaning you could be prohibited from receiving compensation for injuries caused by a drug you believed to be safe. If a recall is issued for testosterone supplements, the statute of limitations will likely begin at that time. Otherwise, it could be from the time your injuries come to light and can be tied to a testosterone drug.
Getting Testosterone Legal Help
Testosterone therapy is approved by the FDA only for the treatment of men with documented medical evidence of low testosterone blood levels. Off-label use of testosterone supplements is not approved by the FDA and can lead to serious, adverse medical conditions. A Sullo & Sullo attorney can carefully evaluate your potential case against the manufacturer of the testosterone supplement which caused you harm. Our attorneys are highly skilled and have compassion for the situation you are in. Should it be determined that litigation is in your best interests, we will walk you through the process and will be by your side every step of the way.