Low-T Lawsuit Center

Testosterone supplements for symptoms of low testosterone levels, or Low-T as many call it, in men is a booming pharmaceutical business for makers of the drug. Low-T therapies are manufactured by many different laboratories, including the corporate giants like Pfizer and Eli Lilly.

For older men with a legitimate diagnosis of low testosterone, the drug certainly may help alleviate their Low-T symptoms of depression, loss of bone density, and decreased muscle mass while fortifying a lagging libido.

Marketing of testosterone treatment has become so effective that sales of Low-T products such as AndroGel exceeded those of Viagra in 2013, according to UCLA. Low-T drug manufacturers collectively earned over $1.6 billion in in 2011. And many industry analysts agree that sales in the testosterone drug market could top $5 billion per-annum by 2017.

Concern has been raised, however, by many groups that call into question the aggressive marketing tactics for these therapies and the risk that they may be used by men who do not suffer from low testosterone, but who are merely experiencing the normal signs of the aging process.

Men who have no true medical need for testosterone treatment could suffer serious side effects with the recreational use of such products, which include:

  • AndroGel
  • Androderm
  • Axiron
  • Bio-T-Gel
  • Fortesta
  • Striant
  • Testim
  • Testopel
  • Delatestryl
  • Depo-Testosterone

Such intense competition for customers may lead to dubious claims about the benefits of testosterone to the general male public which struggles to keep pace in a culture that idolizes youth and vitality. Research clearly indicates that testosterone treatments can exacerbate the risks of stroke, heart attack and dangerous blood clots in men with hypertension or a history of heart problems.

Recent Studies Demonstrate Dangers of Testosterone Therapy in Many Men

If you are currently undergoing treatment for Low-T or are self-medicating with testosterone without your doctor’s knowledge, we urge you to seriously consider the increased risk of heart problems.

Talk frankly with your healthcare provider and submit to a simple blood test, which will identify most high-risk heart patients who must avoid testosterone supplements. If you are taking these drugs and exhibiting any of the following symptoms, consult with your doctor immediately.

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Decrease in your sense of well-being
  • Depression or irritability
  • Difficulties with concentration and memory
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • A decrease in body hair

Then call an experienced Low-T lawyer to find out if you are able to pursue damages for the harms and losses you have suffered.

Studies Cite Health Risks Related to Low-T Treatment

One particular study followed 8,709 men who took testosterone for three years. The double-blind study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in November 2013 and served as a prolog to another major testosterone study whose results were released in early 2014.

The other was a 2014 medical study conducted by a team of leading researchers at UCLA and the US National Cancer Institute.  It showed a 200 percent increased risk of heart attacks in men 65 and older in the 90 days following their first testosterone prescription.

The study also found “adverse risks” for men under 65 who were diagnosed with pre-existing cardiovascular disease. That particular group had a 66 percent heightened risk of a heart attack within 90 days of taking the drug for the first time.

FDA Announces Safety Warning

Almost immediately after the publication of the studies – in January of 2014 – the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in it had initiated a general review surrounding the safety of all Low-T therapies. The Agency released a medical safety alert that warned men of the potential risks and side effects of the drug.

In its alert, the FDA strongly urged doctors to “consider whether the benefits of FDA-approved testosterone treatment are likely to eclipse the potential risks of treatment.”  It also reinforced the life-threatening consequences to high-risk patients who do not undergo screening tests to determine if they run an even greater risk of suffering from these life-threatening side effects.

Lawsuits Filed as a Result of Low-T Therapy Side Effects

A group of men this year filed suit against Abbott Laboratories Inc., the makers of AndroGel, claiming Abbot deceived its users by relaying, “erroneously” positive information through the press which advocated a “widespread need for the drugs, while simultaneously concealing adverse and serious health risks.”

According to the suit, one man suffered a stroke and another plaintiff suffered a mini stroke while three additional plaintiffs suffered heart attacks. Each plaintiff claims that AndroGel is the clear culprit, and that none of them had a prior history of heart problems.

The plaintiffs allege that Abbott and its subsidiary, AbbVie Inc., engaged in, “misleading advertising that was purposefully designed to convince millions of men that they suffered from low testosterone levels.”

This alleged “disease awareness campaign” ultimately produced well over $1 billion in sales. Many legal experts speculate that this is merely the first wave of many similar complaints as public awareness of testosterone therapy’s side effects grows.

As more lawsuits are filed, it is possible that multi-district litigation may occur, which consolidates similar cases to allow all plaintiffs’ attorneys to share information and evidence in each of their individual lawsuits before returning them for trial to their original jurisdictions. If legal experts’ predictions of a “significant number of testosterone injury cases” are on the horizon, it may be just a matter of time before we begin seeing several MDL lawsuits.

If You’ve Been Harmed by Testosterone Therapy

The public deserves to be fully informed of the risks associated with all dangerous drugs and medical devices. Injured patients who are not given the whole story about a dangerous product by the manufacturer, and then suffer serious harms and losses, deserve fair compensation.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a testosterone-related injury, or your doctor says you’re suffering from side effects from a Low-T treatment or drug, contact Price Benowitz LLP today to find out more about your rights and possible compensation.