Testosterone lawsuits are currently being filed on behalf of men that have experienced side effects such as heart attacks and strokes, among others. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced low testosterone therapy lawyers, around the country, who charge no fee until you obtain a settlement or award. Contact us 24/7 toll free or fill out a contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
Are Low T Drugs Putting Patients At High Risk
CBS News 11 | Published on Mar 11, 2015
Are Low T or Testosterone Replacement drugs putting patients at risk for potentially deadly side effects?
Have You Suffered Any of the Serious Testosterone Side Effects
After a Taking Any Low-T Treatment Drug?
Read Below Why You May Have a Claim.
What Is Testosterone Therapy?
Testosterone replacement therapy, also known as androgen replacement therapy, is used to treat men with low testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone that naturally occurs in the body and these treatments help men with low testosterone. However, while these medications may address the low testosterone problem, they are allegedly causing more serious problems like heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary embolisms, and even death.
Popular testosterone therapy drugs are:
Are Low-T Products FDA Approved?
In light of the recent studies indicating the increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, prostate cancer, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, blood clots or death occurring in users of low testosterone prescriptions, the FDA has begun paying more attention to low testosterone treatments. Low-T therapy is only FDA-approved to treat specific diseases resulting from low testosterone. Prescriptions or use for other alleged health benefits could be considered off-label use. Currently, a majority of prescriptions for these drugs are for off-label uses.
In January of 2014, the FDA released a safety announcement stating that they would be investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. In March of 2015, the FDA strongly urged doctors to stop prescribing Low-T products off label. None of the FDA approved testosterone products are approved for use in men with low testosterone, but lack an accompanying medical condition.
Does Low-T Therapy Really Work?
There is controversy in the medical community as to how well these treatments work. Low testosterone therapy can be taken through injections, oral pills/tablets, patches, or topical gels (sometimes rubbed on the gums, inner check, or in the armpits similar to an antiperspirant).
Testosterone levels naturally decline with age. However, the numerous commercials advertising Low-T therapy are encouraging men to seek general lifestyle treatments for their hormone problems. Many doctors feel that Low-T is a primarily made-up condition. The advertising seeks to appeal to men who are experiencing a drop in energy or sex drive, leading men to believe they are suffering a disease.
Studies note that given the rapidly increasing use of testosterone therapy treatments, the current findings and other recent results highlight the need for adequately conducted clinical trials to assess the risks and benefits associated with these types of therapy. Until such trials are performed, clinicians are urged to advise their patients of the serious side effects that could occur as a potential risk, particularly for men with a pre-existing cardiovascular disease or other type of heart condition.
What Are Serious Testosterone Side Effects?
Experienced testosterone lawyers are reviewing cases for men that used topical low testosterone therapy and suffered any of the following side effects:
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Prostate Cancer
Are There Medical Studies About Low-T Therapy?
Several recent studies have raised concerns about a potential link between testosterone therapy and serious side effects.
- A study designed to look at the effect of testosterone gel on muscle function in men over 65 had to be discontinued because the participants suffered too many serious side effects.
- One study reported a two-fold increase in the risk of heart attack among men over 65 in the first 90 days after first taking testosterone. The same study revealed a two- to three-fold increased risk of heart attack in the first 90 days for men under 65 years of age with a pre-existing history of heart disease.
- Another, conducted in the VA health care system, found that men over 60, who were taking testosterone and had previously been diagnosed with coronary disease, reported a significantly higher number of heart disease and even death. This study suggested a 30% increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in the group taking testosterone therapy.
- Pharmacotherapy published a study which showed a statistically significant elevated risk of heart attack in first time recipients of testosterone replacement therapy.
What Are The Common Low Testosterone Therapy Side Effects?
- Enlarged prostate
- High blood pressure
- Blood clots; leg pain, swelling, or redness
- Decreased sperm count
- Painful or enlarged breasts
- Sleep apnea
- Acne or skin irritation
- High cholesterol
- High red blood cell count
- Abnormal erections
Please Speak With Your Doctor Before Discontinuing Use Of Low Testosterone Therapy Treatments or Any Prescription Medication.
A Timeline of Low-T Events:
- January 31, 2014 – The FDA issued a Safety Communication to announce that they will be investigating studies linking testosterone therapy to heart attacks, stroke, and death. They also stated that testosterone therapy is only FDA-approved for men with low testosterone and a serious medical condition, like hypogonadism, chemotherapy, or missing testicles.
- February 25, 2014 – A consumer advocacy group called Public Citizen is calling on the FDA to add a Black Box warning label about cardiovascular risks of testosterone replacement products.
- March 5, 2014 – The manufacturers of Testim (1% testosterone gel), Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, are hit with a testosterone lawsuit from a man who suffered a stroke after using the product.
- May 14, 2014 – Law360 reports that one of the first Fortesta lawsuits has been filed in Pennsylvania against the manufacturer, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., after a man suffered a heart attack while taking the drug.
- June 4, 2014 – A man from Texas has filed a testosterone lawsuit against the AndroGel manufacturers, alleging that his heart attack was caused by AndroGel.
- June 6, 2014 – Federal judges decided to consolidate testosterone lawsuits, called and MDL, into one federal court.
- June 20, 2014 – FDA published a Safety Communication requiring that manufacturers of all testosterone replacement products add warnings about the different risks. The different risks include pulmonary embolism (PE), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and venous thromboembolism (VTE).
- July 25, 2014 – Attorneys in Canada filed two class action testosterone lawsuits against the manufacturers of AndroGel.
- March 3, 2015 – The FDA issued a statement asking that health professionals not prescribe testosterone for off label uses.
- April 15, 2015 – There are almost 1,400 total testosterone lawsuits pending in U.S. courts.
Why Hire Us?
If you or a loved one has suffered from low testosterone therapy side effects, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering. We are working with experienced testosterone lawyers, who can file a lawsuit on your behalf and don’t charge a fee unless you win a settlement or award. Contact us toll free 24/7 or online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.