Testosterone lawsuits may be an option for men who suffered heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, or other serious side effects after taking supplements for low testosterone (also known as ‘Low T’). The testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) industry is currently booming in the United States, with approximately 3% of American men over the age of 40 using them.
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. 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.
‘Low T’ Meds Widely Over-prescribed
From 2000 to 2011, use of TRT supplements increased more than fivefold, with over 5 million prescriptions filled in 2011, and sales expected to reach the $5 billion mark by 2017. However, research has shown that most of these prescriptions are not needed, and serve little if any real benefit.
The spike in testosterone use can be attributed in large part to AbbVie’s marketing of AndroGel, and its use of the term “Low T.” Advertisements encouraged men to take the “Low T Quiz”, which lists symptoms that all men experience from time to time:
- Decreased energy
- Lack of sex drive
- Weight gain
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.
Testosterone & Cardiovascular Events
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. 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 Need 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.