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Why File a Testosterone Lawsuit? Testosterone products, which are prescribed to treat low testosterone (“Low T”) in men, have become popular among young men seeking physical enhancement and older men who want to counter signs of aging. But there is growing concern that these products have serious side effects and long-term risks, particularly related to the heart.
Men who suffer cardiac arrest, stroke, other heart-related issues or other adverse side effects after using testosterone products or supplements are beginning to file lawsuits, saying they were not properly warned of the risks.
As the medical community learns more about adverse events from Low T therapies, drugmakers’ statements about risks and benefits will come under more scrutiny.
Depending on how pharmaceutical companies market their products to specific populations, such as elderly men or healthy men with no history of hypogonadism (low testosterone), they could face allegations that they made misleading statements about the benefits of their Low T drugs.
In January 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is “investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products.” Widespread lawsuits may follow as researchers uncover more about the long-term risks and benefits posed by testosterone therapies.
Low Testosterone Products In the U.S. population, 3 to 7 seven percent of men have hypogonadism.
Symptoms of the testosterone deficiency include infertility, low libido and fatigue.
Many doctors and patients have embraced claims that the drugs can also offer benefits, such as increased energy and strength for workouts, to men without hypogonadism.
Several products are prescribed to treat low testosterone, including:
If you or a loved one was injured by Testosterone Therapy, call or contact our office today at 727-397-9198 for a free initial consultation regarding your potential claim. Increasing Concern Prescription sales of testosterone increased from $18 million in 1988 to $1.6 billion in 2011. Between 2001 and 2011, the percentage of men older than 40 taking Low T treatments tripled. Despite the rise in popularity of these drugs, medical professionals disagree over the benefits of the drugs.Increasing Concern in Older Men who Use Testosterone
Concerns in Older Men There are already concerns about the risks that testosterone therapies pose for older men. According to a report from the Washington Times, Boston University School of Medicine researchers stopped a study of testosterone therapy use in older men in 2010. Compared with subjects taking a placebo, men taking the testosterone drugs were five times as likely to experience severe heart problems such as congestive heart failure.
Considerable Risks Some critics are concerned that there is no proof that the drugs benefit healthy men. In particular, some doctors feel there should be more agreement about what constitutes a normal testosterone level. Since testosterone therapies are not proven treatments, they caution that risks may outweigh benefits for healthy men.
Unproven Benefits In June 2013, Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman of Georgetown University Medical Center told USA Today that testosterone therapy “offers no proven benefits for healthy men. Low T syndrome is invented by pharmaceutical companies to sell treatment products.”
Testosterone Therapy Side Effects Status of Testosterone Lawsuits In June 2014, a federal judicial panel created a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for testosterone and moved 44 cases to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The case total now exceeds 175. Judge Matthew F. Kennelly will oversee the pretrial proceedings, including discovery.
The defendants currently include Abbott, AbbVie, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, and Pharmacia & Upjohn. Plaintiffs’ attorneys predict the number of testosterone lawsuits will number in the thousands.
In issuing its order, the panel stated: “All actions involve plaintiffs (or their survivors) who used one or more testosterone replacement therapies and contend that their (or their decedent’s) use of the drugs caused their injuries, which include heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism. All testosterone replacement therapy actions will share factual questions regarding general causation and the background science regarding the role of testosterone in the aging body … as well as involve common regulatory issues in light of the FDA’s announcement and subsequent actions, if any.”