Testosterone Replacement Drugs to Treat Low T Create Health Risks
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UPDATED: Oct 29, 2014
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Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TDS), commonly referred to as low testosterone or Low T, is a medical condition common amongst middle age and older men. Reduced testosterone levels lead to a decline in sex drive, muscle mass, bone health, and energy, and, in response to the condition, drug manufacturers have flooded the market with medication marketed as Low T treatments. Recent medical studies have revealed that testosterone replacement supplements such as AndroGel, Androderm, and Axiron create an increased risk of heart problems in patients, and attorneys across America are preparing testosterone treatment lawsuits to help victims recover medical expenses and other types of financial compensation.
Watch Out for These Low T Drugs
Pharmaceutical manufacturers have flooded the market with drugs targeting men who suffer from Low T. Common testosterone replacement drugs to be aware of include:
- AndroGel: One of the most widely used testosterone supplements, AndroGel is a spray on gel that has been marketed aggressively by manufacturer AbbVie, Inc. by way of direct-to-consumer advertisement.
- AndroDerm: Androderm is a testosterone patch manufactured by Actavis
- Axiron: A testosterone gel manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company
- Testim, Testopel, and Striant: Testim, a gel, Testopel, a testosterone pellet, and Strian, a drug applied to the gums, are manufactured and sold by Auxilium.
- Depo-Testosterone: A testosterone injection made by Pfizer.
- Delatestryl and Foresta: Delatestryl, an injection, and Foresta, a testosterone spray gel, are manufactured and sold by Endo Pharmaceuticals.
The long list of testosterone replacement drugs indicates a growing market for products advertised to men who are experiencing what is a normal part of the aging process. Reduced testosterone levels are common among men as they age, and drug manufacturers have seized an opportunity by filling the market with a rash of Low T treatments aggressively advertised to middle aged and older males via TV commercials and informative pamphlets.
Medical Studies Indicate Low T Supplements Cause Health Risks
In November, 2013 the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study that suggested men who take testosterone supplement drugs are 30% more likely to suffer health risks including:
- Heart attack
Although the study is recent, researchers have been concerned about the health risks of testosterone replacement drugs for a few years. A 2009 study from the National Institute of Health was halted when it found a spike in heart attacks among men who had taken Low T medication. In the wake of the JAMA published story, the FDA announced its own investigation into the link between Low T drugs and heart failure.
TIP: As more information comes to light, men who use testosterone replacement medication are encouraged to consult health care professionals at any sign of side effects.
Testosterone Drug Victims File Lawsuits
Men who are the target of testosterone supplement marketing campaigns were not made aware of the connection between Low T drugs and heart problems, and lawsuits have already been filed against the manufacturers who directly advertised the medication to consumers without providing adequate warning.
AndroGel manufacturer AbbVie Inc. already faces five lawsuits in federal court for failure to warn patients of the substantial health risks. Patients seeking financial compensation in the lawsuits against testosterone replacement drugs allege the manufacturers placed profits above the health and safety of consumers by:
- Recklessly marketing testosterone treatments and deceiving potential users of Low T drugs by advertising positive information, including by way of testimonials from retired professional athletes, while downplaying the “known adverse and serious health risks.”
- Failing to adequately research the connection between testosterone supplements and serious health risks, particularly among men with high cholesterol and pre-existing heart conditions.
- Withholding information from consumers and the medical community about the known health risks associated with testosterone replacement drugs.
Attorneys across the country are preparing for litigation against testosterone replacement drug manufacturers, and are offering consultations to victims. If you, or a male loved one, has suffered injury from a side effect of Low T medication, consult an experienced attorney to determine if you are entitled to financial compensation.