Testosterone Lawsuit Lawyer – Facts, Issues and Help
Forman Law Offices specializes in pharmaceutical law with a focus on testosterone litigation.
We are here to speak with you, and evaluate your condition and issues, at no cost. We will objectively analyze the circumstances of your specific case, and provide you a very honest and straightforward opinion as to whether you might have a potential lawsuit against the manufacturer of Testosterone; and if so, what all will be involved in pursuing your lawsuit and your chances of success. We will not charge you for this evaluation; and in fact, we will never charge you a fee or costs unless we take your case and you first recover money.
What is the Testosterone Lawsuit
In recent years, the use of testosterone therapy drugs for the treatment of “low T” has gained popularity, with more than 5 million testosterone prescriptions written in the United States in just 2011 alone. Testosterone therapy is typically administered as a gel, patch, or injection, and has been marketed and prescribed to improve sex drive, muscle mass, and bone density in those suffering from low testosterone.
Recent studies, however, have shown an increased risk of myocardial infarction (heart attacks) and ischemic stroke associated with the use of testosterone therapy products. Such products, including AndroGel, Axiron, and Androderm, are thought to be increasing the risk of such serious cardiovascular issues.
The risk of heart attack and stroke for a user of testosterone products nearly doubles when compared to those who don’t use testosterone. Given the large sales growth of prescription testosterone products, this could mean a large number of heart attacks have occurred in the general population that otherwise would not have occurred.
If you were to discuss low testosterone with a medical professional, he or she would likely tell you that it is a normal part of aging. Unlike women, who experience a relatively sudden shutdown in the production of estrogen around age 50 (menopause), the decrease of testosterone in males is gradual, starting around age 30. By age 45, approximately 40% of all men are effected.
What is the Actual Purpose of Testosterone Therapy
Testosterone therapy drugs have been FDA-approved for the treatment of hypogonadism, a medical condition occurring in men where the male sex organs produce little or no testosterone hormone. Testosterone therapy is designed to work by replacing the absent naturally occurring testosterone that is produced by the body.
Natural testosterone production in the body plays a significant role in male characteristics, mood, and sex drive. Men experiencing low levels of testosterone can have a number of unfavorable symptoms, including fatigue, low libido, and depression. As men age, they may experience dips in testosterone levels, and it is part of the natural-aging process to experience such an event. It is not a reason Testosterone therapy drugs were approved by the FDA, which is specifically for the medical condition hypogonadism.
Over the last several years, the testosterone product market has grown significantly, largely in part to aggressive marketing campaigns by testosterone manufacturers that have generalized symptoms for low testosterone, which has been coined “Low T.”
What are the side effects of Testosterone Therapy?
Side effects of testosterone therapy drugs may include:
• Worsening symptoms of an enlarged prostate
• Increased risk of prostate cancer
• Lower sperm count
• Swelling of the ankles, feet, or body
• Enlarged and painful breasts
• Difficulty breathing during sleep
• Increased risk of blood clots occurring in the legs
Two recent studies, a study published in the medical journal PLOS One and a study published online in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), have linked testosterone products to increased risks of cardiovascular events in men.
The research from the study published in the journal PLOS One concluded that men 65 years of age and older who used prescription testosterone products had double the risk of heart attack within the first three months of using testosterone products. The JAMA study also found that senior males who used testosterone products were 30 percent more likely to suffer from heart attack, stroke, and death when compared to senior males who did not use testosterone products.
What Are The Testosterone Drugs Prescribed?
• A topical testosterone gel that is applied by the user to the upper arms and shoulder. Manufactured by AbbVie Inc., AndroGel is prescribed is available
• Testosterone is administered through a transdermal patch that is applied to the skin in the back, stomach, thighs, or arms. Androderm is available in 2 and 4 mg strengths, and is applied daily. Androderm is manufactured by Actavis, Inc. (previously Watson Pharmacueticals), and was approved by the FDA in 1995.
• An oral testosterone drug that is taken up to four times a day. Methyltestosterone, the active ingredient found in Android, is similar to natural testosterone that is produced by the body, and belongs to a class of drugs known as androgens.
• A topical testosterone product that is applied to the armpits in a manner similar to applying deodorant. Axiron was approved by the FDA in 20120 and is manufactured by Eli Lilly, Inc.
• A daily testosterone spray gel that is applied to the front and inner thighs. Fortesta is manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals and was approved by the FDA in December 2010.
• A mucoadhevise tablet-like system that adheres to the inner cheek or gum to provide the patient with controlled and sustained release of testosterone into the body. The tablet, containing approximately 30 mg of testosterone, slowly releases the hormone into the mucous membranes of the mouth. Originally manufactured by Columbia Laboratories, Inc., Striant was purchased by Auxilium Pharmacueticals in April 2011.
• A popularly prescribed testosterone gel that is applied to the shoulders daily. It was approved by the FDA in 2002 and is manufactured by Auxilium Pharmacueticals, Inc.
• A testosterone implant that is placed under the skin. The implant, containing approximately 75 mg of testosterone, releases the hormone into a patient’s body for a period of 3-4 months. Testopel was approed by the FDA in 2008 and is manufactured by Auxilium Pharmacueticals, Inc.
• Like Android, Testred is also an oral testosterone drug that is taken up to four times a day. Methyltestosterone, the active ingredient found in Testred and Android, is similar to natural testosterone that is produced by the body, and belongs to a class of drugs known as androgens.
Testosterone Lawsuit Settlements
As of this time, there have been no large group settlements involving the Testosterone litigation. Testosterone lawsuits have just started to be filed, and Forman Law Offices this is our specialty. We are actively pursuing the litigation in the discovery stage, and every day we are finding more troubling information regarding the correlation between Testosterone and venous clots, and the failure of the manufacturer to adequately warn of this danger to the doctors and patients.
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