Testosterone replacement therapy has been in use since 1937. Licensed by the FDA in 1953, the medicine increases testosterone levels in men who naturally produce less hormone. In the United States, prescriptions for testosterone have risen since 2001. However, there's now a link between testosterone therapy and certain cancers and illnesses. If you want to file a testosterone lawsuit, reach out today.
Hypogonadism, a medical disorder in which the body does not create enough testosterone, is commonly treated with testosterone replacement therapy. Doctors can diagnose Hypogonadism by measuring testosterone levels in the blood. Patients who may not have low T but merely feel low energy due to aging have been given testosterone drugs without proper testing. Due to testosterone therapy, patients are now in danger of cardiovascular disease, pulmonary embolism, and cerebrovascular accidents.
Two studies found an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in men who used testosterone replacement therapies, prompting the FDA to reevaluate their safety. Men using these many therapies are suing drug manufacturers because they were unaware of the risks.
Some of the ways testosterone therapy can be applied are:
Gels containing testosterone are applied to the shoulders or upper arms once daily to keep the skin healthy. Some of the most well-known companies that produce testosterone therapy are:
Among the claims made in the testosterone lawsuit complaints were that the defendants fraudulently promoted the medications for conditions not explicitly addressed in the labeling, such as weariness and reduced sex drive.
Federal lawsuits all make the same claim: manufacturers of testosterone products endanger healthy men by advertising the hormone for uses beyond those allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These treatments can be for sexual dysfunction, aging-related weariness, and other ailments.
Lawsuits allege that commercials for testosterone make it seem like low energy is caused by Low-T rather than by age or other issues. Ads on TV and the web feature middle-aged men lamenting the loss of their physical fitness and question men whether they feel they have lost their "drive." Direct-to-consumer marketing tools, like quizzes, mislead men into thinking that the average decline in sexual performance and muscle mass indicates a low testosterone level.
Companies like Eli Lilly and AbbVie, which make testosterone supplements, have come under fire for using similar strategies. Critics claim they haven't done enough to alert consumers and doctors about the risks associated with the $1.6 billion testosterone replacement medicine market they helped build.
The McClatchy Company reported on a whistleblower case filed in federal court in Texas, alleging that Solvay Pharmaceuticals engaged in deceptive marketing of AndroGel. The manufacturer of AndroGel tried to "ride the coattails of Viagra" by recruiting doctors to promote the drug by having on patients who had been to the doctor for Viagra.
In addition, despite the FDA's repeated warnings about the dangers to men, these deceptive advertising practices nonetheless exposed countless individuals to the hormone's potentially fatal effects.
Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that after three years of use, males who took testosterone medicines had a 30% increased chance of developing the following conditions:
8,709 males with low testosterone levels were evaluated in the extensive study. Only 1223 patients began testosterone therapy, whereas 7486 did not. In the trial, patients who were given testosterone therapy had a significantly higher rate of "outcome events" than those who were not. Another study linking testosterone replacement medication to heart problems was published in PLOS One. For males aged 65 and up, the study indicated that testosterone replacement medication doubled the risk of a heart attack.
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We maintain that the makers of AndroGel and similar testosterone therapies were responsible for informing patients of the dangers of heart attack and stroke. Still, they did not do so on the packaging or advertising for their medicines. Our attorneys might be able to assist you in filing a case to recover damages. Get in touch with us immediately for a free consultation if you consider going to court.