Testosterone Therapy Lawsuit
In a growing trend the past few years, men across the United States have turned to AndroGel and other testosterone therapy products, leading to over $2 billion in annual sales. Experts believe the numbers will keep rising. The problem is that emerging evidence shows that testosterone supplements can do more harm than good. Hundreds of victims have filed testosterone therapy lawsuits seeking compensation for their medical bills and other expenses caused by dangerous side effects.
Manufacturers have aggressively marketed Low T supplements, targeting consumers directly. The advertisements cast normal, age-related changes as medical conditions that can or should be treated. Doctors and other experts, on the other hand, believe that the testosterone supplements offer little benefit but carry serious health risks. Men who use testosterone therapy gels face an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, in some cases leading to death.
Testosterone therapy lawyers
The product liability lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye file defective drug lawsuits nationwide. For victims of Low T side effects, a testosterone lawsuit can offer a chance to be heard. A successful case can result in compensation for medical bills and for the uncountable ways that testosterone injuries can impact the lives of patients and their families. EKJ always puts clients first, with the promise that “your rights become our responsibility”.
History of Low T supplements
Testosterone supplements are commonly distributed as topical ointments; in many cases, they are gels that are rolled on like deodorant to an area like the thigh.
The most popular testosterone brands and their manufacturers include:
- AndroGel (AbbVie, a subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories)
- Androderm (Actavis, Inc., f/k/a Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)
- Axiron (Eli Lilly & Company)
- Bio-T-Gel (BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)
- Fortesta (Endo Pharmaceuticals)
- Striant (Columbia Laboratories)
- Testim (Auxilium Pharmaceuticals)
- Testopal (Auxilium Pharmaceuticals)
Testosterone therapy linked to cardiovascular injury
Several studies have linked testosterone supplements with dangerous heart-related side effects.
- A November 2013, study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association studied 8,000 veterans suffering from low testosterone. The men who received testosterone supplements were 29% more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke within three years of use.
- A study conducted by researchers from the U.S. National Cancer Institute and several other organizations determined that within the first three months of use, men over 65 were twice as likely to have a heart attack and men under 65 with a history of heart disease were two to three times more likely to have a heart attack.
Researchers looking at the link between testosterone supplements and heart trouble believe that the testosterone encourages clotting. In men with thinner vessels, this can be a problem.
As studies linked testosterone therapy to cardiac injuries and consumer advocacy groups lobbied for action, the FDA launched its own investigation. As a result, in June 2014 the FDA announced that testosterone supplements will be required to carry a warning label alerting consumers of an increased risk of blood clots. In September 2014, two FDA committees concluded investigations, finding little evidence that testosterone therapy is effective and recommending that drug makers be required to test the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Who is eligible to file a testosterone lawsuit?
Men who have been injured by testosterone supplements, and their families who have also suffered because of it, may be entitled to compensation. Financial recovery may include reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and in the case of a fatal reaction, wrongful death expenses.
The FDA and other experts believe that the drug manufacturers have intentionally targeted consumers to drive sales of testosterone gels even though there is little to no benefit of the supplements. Because of the aggressive marketing, doctors are prescribing the drugs to patients who request it even though they may not be safe.
The chief allegation in testosterone therapy lawsuits is deceptive marketing – presenting normal effects of aging like weight gain, slowing sex drive, and fatigue as symptoms of something more serious. But there is no proof that the supplements work, and the full scope of the health risk is still not clear.
How a product liability attorney can help
Testosterone therapy lawyers are specialized product liability attorneys; they can:
- Evaluate a potential claim and advise whether a lawsuit is the best option
- Offer legal advice throughout the litigation
- Negotiate aggressively to reach the most favorable settlement
- Work hand-in-hand with experts to prove a case to the jury if it goes to trial
Testosterone therapy litigation
The first testosterone lawsuits were filed in early 2014 in Illinois against Abbott Laboratories, the maker of AndroGel. Since then, hundreds of Low T claims have been filed. There are now more than 300 federal testosterone lawsuits consolidated in Illinois in multidistrict litigation (MDL). The MDL includes cases against the makers of many testosterone supplements.
In MDL, the cases are combined in one jurisdiction for pretrial purposes and then returned to their home states for trial if they do not reach a settlement. The testosterone MDL is still in relatively early stages. Those who are injured by AndroGel or other testosterone products can still join the litigation.
Free legal consultation
Attorneys from Edelman, Krasin & Jaye will help by walking you through every step of the process. From potential case analysis to filing court paperwork to keeping you informed through the litigation process, our product liability lawyers will stand by your side.
In pharmaceutical litigation, you need a veteran attorney with a full slate of resources. Our team works with medical experts and other industry pros to present a complete argument to help you succeed should you file a personal injury lawsuit.
Call 1-800-469-7429 for a free legal consultation today.
- ABC News, Testosterone Supplements Tied to Heart Attacks, Strokes, Early Death, http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/11/05/testosterone-supplements-tied-to-heart-attacks-strokes-early-death/
- Bloomberg News, Abbott Labs Sued by Five Men Claiming Androgel Injuries, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-05/abbott-labs-sued-by-five-men-claiming-androgel-injuries.html
- FDA, FDA evaluating risk of stroke, heart attack and death in FDA-approved testosterone products, http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm383904.htm
- United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, MDL No. 2545 Transfer Order, http://www.jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/MDL-2545-Initial_Transfer-05-14.pdf