Signs of low testosterone can be easy to notice – fatigue, depression, difficulty concentrating, loss of muscle mass, lower bone mass, increased fat, low sex drive, and more. Testosterone is an anabolic steroid that, in men, promotes hair growth, muscle and bone mass, and helps prevent osteoporosis, among others. In recent years, men with low testosterone (also known as “low-T”) levels have been administered testosterone therapy in order to boost those levels. Unfortunately, studies show that testosterone therapy products can cause an increased risk of stroke and heart attacks for users. If you or a loved one suffered injuries caused by AndroGel or another low-T product, call the testosterone injury attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. Our attorneys regularly handle cases involving dangerous and unsafe drugs.Testosterone Therapy: What Is It?
In recent years, testosterone has boomed into a $3+ billion dollar industry. Marketed to men of all ages, testosterone therapy drugs are manufactured by some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world – AbbVie, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, and Endo Pharmaceuticals, to name a few. Doctors currently prescribe testosterone replacement therapy in many forms, including gel, skin patch, injection, implant, cream, and tablet, to improve a patient’s energy level, sex drive, and overall mood. It is also used to treat hypogonadism. Some of the more well-known low-T products include:
Medical research has shown that testosterone therapy can cause users to suffer from heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest, pulmonary embolism, coronary artery disease, and even death. In 2015, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement to caution members of the public that low-T products had not been approved for men who have low testosterone due to normal aging. As such, the FDA required manufacturers to change their labeling to clarify the approved uses. Labels were also required to be updated to reflect the increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.Testosterone Therapy Lawsuits
According to FDA guidelines, pharmaceutical companies owe several duties to consumers and members of the public. They must properly manufacture, design, test, produce, assemble, inspect, research, distribute, market, label, sell, and sufficiently warn of risks and dangers associated with a given product. In recent years, thousands of lawsuits have been filed by testosterone injury lawyers in courts across the country against the manufacturers of testosterone therapy and large pharmaceutical companies.
A common claim is that manufacturers failed to adequately warn consumers of increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and other serious diseases. The lawsuits also attack marketing practices. Low-T drugs like AndroGel have been aggressively marketed, and lawsuits allege that the pharmaceutical companies encouraged doctors to prescribe them for off-brand usage.
Testosterone lawsuit victims may be able to recover financial compensation in the form of compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium. Compensatory damages are designed to make victims whole, as if the injury never took place. On the other hand, punitive damages are meant to punish a defendant for particularly egregious conduct. Their purpose is not to compensate for the victim’s loss; instead, it is to deter others from acting in a similar manner. Punitive damages are typically reserved for cases involving reckless, intentional, or fraudulent conduct, such as knowingly hiding adverse side effects. Each state will have its own laws regarding punitive damages and how they can be recovered.Speak with Our Testosterone Injury Attorneys Today
Millions of men currently take testosterone therapy, and many may have been prescribed these drugs for unapproved uses. Our testosterone injury lawyers are available today to take your call if you (or a loved one) suffered a heart attack or stroke due to testosterone therapy. We serve clients in product liability and mass tort litigation throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in and around Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. For a free consultation with a low-T lawyer, call 800-529-4004 or complete our online form.
Disclaimer: Do not stop taking a prescribed medication without first consulting with your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor's advice can result in injury or death. In addition, any drug or medical device remains approved by the United States food and drug administration, unless the product has been recalled by a government agency or through an agreement between a manufacturer and government agency.