Testosterone Products Lawsuits
The side effects of testosterone treatments such as AndroGel may increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and sudden death. As a result of drug manufacturers’ failure to adequately warn consumers about the serious and potentially life-threatening heart risks, former users may be entitled to financial compensation through a testosterone therapy lawsuit.
For many men suffering from testosterone deficiencies, which can negatively affect muscle mass, sex drive, and energy levels, testosterone therapy is often used to treat them. The condition, known as hypogonadism, results in reduced energy, diminished sexual function, and lower strength. However, research has suggested that many men taking testosterone gels, injections or other treatments may not have a medical need for the hormone replacement therapy, thereby actually exposing themselves to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or death.
The use of AndroDerm, Androgel, Axiron, and other testosterone treatments has increased more than five times from 2000 to 2011, generating more than $1.9 billion in sales in 2012. These products deliver testosterone in a variety of ways, including:
- Testosterone Gel: AndroGel, Axiron, Bio-T Gel, Foresta, and Testim
- Testosterone Pill: Striant
- Testosterone Injection: Delatestryl, Depo-Testosterone
- Testosterone Implant: Testopel
- Testosterone Patch: AndroDerm
Testosterone Heart Risks:
Recent research suggests that side effects of testosterone therapy can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes in certain men. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study in November 2013 highlighted the association of testosterone therapy with mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke in men with low testosterone levels.
Veteran Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System researchers in Denver found that the rate of cardiovascular events was 25.7% among men who took testosterone therapy drugs, compared to a rate of 19.9% among those who did not. Out of 1,223 patients on testosterone, researchers discovered that within a year and a half, 67 had died, 23 suffered heart attacks and 33 had strokes.
On March 3, 2015, the FDA issued a drug safety communication calling for new label warnings for all prescription testosterone drugs. The new warning labels will include a warning that testosterone drugs may increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks and strokes.
The labels will also be updated to warn that testosterone drugs are approved only for use in men who have been diagnosed with hypogonadism following at least two testosterone serum tests. The FDA is also requiring all testosterone drug manufacturers to conduct new clinical trials to determine the low-t drug cardiovascular risks.
Testosterone Blood Clot Side Effects:
Studies have also established that testosterone side effects may cause men to suffer from an increased risk of serious and potentially life-threatening blood clots, including a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism.
While warnings about the potential link between testosterone and blood clots have been known for some time, prior warnings indicated that the risk may be caused by a problem known as polycythemia, an abnormal increase in red blood cells. However, in June 2014, the FDA determined that stronger testosterone warnings for the blood clot risks were needed.
Manufactures of all testosterone drugs were required to update the label warnings to include information about the more general risk of venous thromboembolism. If these clots from testosterone develop in the deep veins of the legs, known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), they pose a serious risk if they break free. This could result in a pulmonary embolism if the clot travels to the lungs or another life-threatening injury.
Do You Qualify For a Testosterone Lawsuit?
Manufacturers’ have failed to adequately warn consumers about the potential testosterone side effects. Financial compensation may be available for men who suffered a heart attack, stroke or wrongful death. Potential claims may also be available for children who have suffered secondary testosterone exposure.
Our nationwide network experienced attorneys and medical staff here at Jones Brown Law are ready to help those who have been affected by those prescribed these testosterone products. We strive to make working with us as simple, easy and uncomplicated as possible.
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