Schmidt & Clark, LLP is reviewing testosterone lawsuits on behalf of men who suffered heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, or other serious side effects after taking supplements for low testosterone (also known as ‘Low T’). We are concerned about several studies linking testosterone therapy with deadly cardiovascular events.
Free Testosterone Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
Testosterone Lawsuits Investigated for Heart Attack, Stroke, Death
While testosterone supplementation was once limited to men who had been diagnosed with hormone deficiencies, in recent years there has been an explosion in the TRT industry. Lawsuits allege that testosterone boosters are now aggressively marketed to middle-aged and older men as a “lifestyle” product; however, manufacturers of testosterone supplements have failed to adequately warn these men that using them could result in adverse health consequences.
What is the problem?
From 2000 to 2011, use of TRT supplements increased more than five-fold, with over 5 million prescriptions filled in 2011. However, a study published in 2013 showed that only half of men on testosterone actually had hypogonadism, the only medical condition TRT is approved to treat, and 25% received a prescription without ever having a blood test.
The spike in testosterone use can likely be attributed in large part to AbbVie’s marketing of AndroGel, and its use of the term ‘Low T.’ In countries where direct-to-consumer marketing of pharmaceuticals is banned, use of testosterone therapy has increased at a much slower pace. Advertisements encouraged men to visit www.IsItLowT.com and take the “Low T Quiz”, which lists symptoms that all men experience from time to time:
- Decreased energy
- Lack of sex drive
- Weight gain
- Feeling sad and/or grumpy
- Deteriorating work or athletic performance
- Falling asleep at dinner
Additionally, the advertisements encourage men to get their testosterone levels tested, and capitalize on the idea that AndroGel can revitalize men of a certain age. However, testosterone testing is often a poor indicator of whether or not a man has Low T, as testosterone levels can fluctuate on a daily basis. In the United States, there is a clear trend where more and more men actually have normal testosterone levels and non-specific symptoms.
Studies of Testosterone & Cardiovascular Events
- In July 2010, the New England Journal of Medicine published results of a clinical trial that had to be halted prematurely because there were nearly 5-times as many cardiovascular events in men on testosterone compared to men on a placebo. The average age was 74, and all of the men were in poor health with limitations in mobility.
- In November 2013, research published in JAMA found that males with decreased testosterone levels who underwent a coronary angiography procedure experienced a 29% increased rate of heart attack, stroke and death if they were teated with TRT.
- Then in January 2014, a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism raised similar concerns, finding that many patients who had been prescribed TRT had normal testosterone levels, especially in the United States.
- Another study published in January 2014 by PLOS One found that men over 65 on testosterone were twice as likely to have a heart attack. Younger men with heart disease were three times as likely to have a heart attack if they used testosterone compared to men who did not.
Although treatment guidelines state that males should only be given testosterone supplements if they have a documented history of symptoms, as well as a doctor’s consent that the patient has been diagnosed with clinically low T levels, a large number of patients are granted prescriptions after just one test, or even when levels were found to be within the normal range.
Do I Have a Testosterone Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial Lawsuits that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Testosterone Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new testosterone supplement injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Testosterone Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.