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Testosterone supplementation for symptoms of “low-T” has become a billion-dollar business for manufacturers of the drug. Marketed under brand names Androgel, Axirom, Androderm, Bio-T-Gel, Fortesta, Depo-Testosterone, Foresta, Striant, Testim and Testopel, the drugs are manufactured by such pharmaceutical giants as Pfizer and Eli Lilly as well as Endo Pharmaceuticals, Columbia Laboratories, Auxilium and Slate Pharmaceuticals. For men with a legitimate diagnosis of low testosterone, the drug can definitely help such symptoms as loss of bone density, depression, loss of muscle mass and loss of libido.
Unfortunately too many men are viewing testosterone supplements as a youth elixir and are flocking to their doctor’s office, begging for a prescription. Other men are obtaining the testosterone supplements at anti-aging clinics, which are springing up across the nation. Unlike the huge, comprehensive Women’s Health Initiative study which tracked hormone replacement outcomes among post-menopausal women, there is a serious lack of long-term studies regarding the potentially serious side effects of testosterone supplementation.
Could You be Eligible to File a Testosterone Heart Attack Lawsuit?
Many of the “symptoms” of low testosterone such as a thicker waist, a decrease in sex drive, erectile dysfunction, a higher incidence of fatigue, or falling asleep before bedtime are naturally associated with aging, yet are being addressed by hordes of men through testosterone supplementation. Following the release of results from two testosterone studies (which tracked study participants for only three years or less), many physicians are re-thinking prescribing testosterone supplements to their patients absent a valid diagnosis of extremely low levels of testosterone (which is not all that common).
A man’s levels of testosterone will naturally decline approximately 1-3% each year from the time they reach their early thirties, yet testosterone supplementation is being used as a veritable fountain of youth. One of the testosterone studies was halted in the middle as a significant number of the study participants experienced a cardiovascular event. The other study placed the risk of a cardiovascular event at about 29% higher than among men who were not taking a testosterone supplement. A number of heart attacks associated with testosterone supplements have resulted in the filing of testosterone heart attack lawsuits. If you have taken a testosterone supplement and suffered a heart attack, you could benefit from speaking to a Sullo & Sullo attorney. We understand your situation and will handle all the legal aspects, allowing you to focus on your health.
Could You Benefit from Speaking to a Testosterone Wrongful Death Lawyer?
In the study reported on in the Journal of the American Medical Association, over 8,700 men participated, and 748 men died during the three year study. Although researchers found a definite association between testosterone therapy and an increased risk of heart attack, the study authors did not examine the explanation for this association. The theory behind the increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events among men taking testosterone could be that the drug promotes clotting; in elderly men who have thinner blood vessels, such an increase in clotting could lead to heart attacks and stroke. The testosterone supplements could also increase men’s levels of circulating estrogen, which has been linked to an increase in cardiovascular problems in men and women alike. Because the researchers had no information as to why testosterone therapy was prescribed, one doctor noted that the drug could have been prescribed inappropriately.
Will there be a Testosterone Multi-District Litigation?
Marketing for testosterone supplements has become so aggressive, that sales of Androgel exceeded sales of Viagra in 2013. Manufacturers netted some $1.6 billion dollars from sales of testosterone supplements in 2011 alone, and those numbers were likely considerably higher in 2012 and 2013. Just this month lawsuits were filed on behalf of five men against Abbot Laboratories and AbbVie Inc., the spinoff company of Abbot which claims the company concealed the dangers of their testosterone replacement drug, AndroGel. All five complaints were filed in federal court in Chicago, just four days after the FDA stated it would re-examine the safety of testosterone replacement drugs following the results of the two studies.
The five men range in ages from 50-63; three are claiming they suffered heart attacks after starting Andro-Gel, one claimed he had a stroke, and the fifth claimed he suffered a mini-stroke. The lawsuits claim Abbot deceived AndroGel users by relaying positive information through the press which suggested a “widespread need for the drugs, while downplaying known adverse and serious health risks.” As more lawsuits are filed, it is likely multi-district litigation will occur, which consolidates the cases, allowing a sharing of information among plaintiffs’ attorneys. Should significant numbers of men come forward, claiming harm from testosterone supplements we will likely see both MDL suits as well as testosterone class action suits.
How Could You benefit from a Testosterone Lawsuit?
The public is entitled to be informed of the risks associated with drugs and medical devices; if you feel you were not given all the information regarding testosterone supplements and suffered an adverse medical event as a result, speak to a knowledgeable Sullo & Sullo attorney. Our attorneys will work hard to ensure your rights are fully protected while exploring all potential options regarding a lawsuit on your behalf.