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14 Feb 2014

Low T Lawsuits Being Filed For Heart Attack & Strokes

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“Low T,” or low testosterone drugs, are being prescribed and sold to consumer at record numbers. The number of prescriptions and refills sold last year has doubled from the year 2013.  This testosterone supplement market has turned into a billion dollar industry.

It is apparent that too many physicians are prescribing the drug to patients as a “stay young” treatment as opposed to increasing testosterone levels in men who are infertile or have other serious medical needs.  The drug companies are running aggressive marketing campaigns to consumers so that they will ask their physicians for a script during their next office visit.  The combination of these factors is spiraling the Low T business out of control.

Due to these high numbers, there has been an increasing concern that the drug can cause serious complications to men using the products.  A 2013 article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), raised eyebrows when it demonstrated that Low T supplements put patients at an increased risk of heart attack.  For many patients, the risks of the drug simply outweigh the benefits.

As you would expect, the pharmaceutical companies are hush when it comes to these serious risks.  Their own self-funded and “independent studies” expectedly fail to disclose these serious health complications.  However, it has become readily apparent that the drug makes have failed to properly disclose the health risks of Low T supplements, including heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and other major problems.

Men who have been harmed by testosterone drugs are now fighting back.  On February 4, 2014, five lawsuits were filed against AbbVie, Inc. and Abbot Laboratories by men claiming they were injured by the AndroGel drug.  AndroGel is a gel applied to the skin and then absorbed.  The plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege that the drug company failed to disclose the health risks, including heart attack, on the drug warning sheet and during their aggressive advertising campaign.  It is expected that other lawsuits will follow shortly. 

Other lawsuit allegations include that the companies failed to adequately research the risk of stroke or heart attack from testosterone therapy, especially among men with cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, blocked arteries, diabetes, obesity and other prior heart problems.  Another main allegation is that the drug companies recklessly marketing Low T therapy in direct-to-consumer advertisements that encouraged otherwise healthy men to ask their physician to prescribe the medication even when they only had natural symptoms of men in their age group. 

In addition to AndroGel, there are a number of other drug companies that manufacture and market Low T supplements.  These include the following:

  • Axiron is a topical solution to treat low-t that is made by Eli Lilly and was approved in 2010. Axiron is applied to the armpits in a manner similar to deodorant.  Like AndroGel, it is absorbed through the skin.
  • Bio-T-Gel is once-daily testosterone treatment gel made by GlaxoSmithKline was approved in February 2012, but is rarely prescribed by physicians.  The company is hoping to grow its market share over the next few years and you can expect an increase in the marketing of this Low T drug.
  • Delatestryl is a testosterone injection treatment made by Savient Pharmaceuticals. The drug is injected into the buttock muscle usually every 1 to 4 weeks.   Among a list of side effects it warns” Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart disease (such as heart failure, chest pain, heart attack).
  • Depo-Testosterone is an intramuscular agent for Low T  by Pfizer and is available in two strengths, 100 mg/mL and 200 mg/mL testosterone cypionate.
  • Fortesta is a testosterone spray gel by Endo Pharmaceuticals that is applied to front and inner thighs daily.  Endo warns that “Safety and efficacy of Fortesta Gel in males less than 18 years old have not been established.” Endo also warns that its product “can transfer from your body to others… Women and children should avoid contact with the unwashed or unclothed areas where Fortesta Gel has been applied.”
  • Striant is a tablet containing 30 mg of testosterone that slowly releases testosterone into the mucous membranes of the mouth. Made by Columbia Laboratories Inc. and approved by the FDA in June 2003, it was purchased by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals in April 2011.
  • Testim is a  widely used gel treatment for testosterone replacement that is applied to the shoulders daily. It was approved in October 2002 and made by Auxilium.
  • Testopel is a testosterone implant containing approximately 75mg of testosterone is placed under the skin, releasing the hormone over a period of 3 to 6 months after insertion.
  • Androderm is a patch that has a reservoir of testosterone which sticks to skin and delivers the drug through the skin.  It is made and distributed by Actavis PLC, an international pharmaceutical company with sales all over the world.

Our dangerous drug legal team represents men and their families in testosterone drug lawsuits throughout the United States.  These cases seek damages for the physical and psychological harm caused by the drugs, disability and lost wages, and medical expenses.  In cases involving death caused by a testosterone drug, we pursue a wrongful death claim for the surviving family members.

If you or someone you know has been injured or harmed due to a low testosterone replacement drug (Low T) , you need the legal representation of our award winning lawyers.   We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all litigation expenses.  It literally costs you nothing to get started on your case.  

Warning: There are strict time deadlines for filing claims. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever.  

Call us now at (866) 280-4722 to get started on your testosterone drug injury case today. 

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