Testosterone Therapy Lawsuit
Testosterone Replacement Therapy was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for conditions relating to an absence or deficiency of testosterone, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism and primary hypogonadism. While testosterone may help for some, it has been linked to serious side effects such as heart attacks, stokes, and even death.
Testosterone therapy products are sold to patients in the form of gels, patches, pills and shots. The industry has spent $3.47 billion on direct-to-consumer adverting in 2012, while many medical professionals believe advertisements should be reduced and they are misleading.
On January 31, 2014, the FDA announced it was conducting an investigation on the increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death related to testosterone therapy.
If you or a loved one has suffered an adverse event as a result of testosterone therapy, the pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at the Edwards Law Firm are prepared to fight for your rights to get the maximum compensation you may be entitled to and pursue the justice you deserve.
Our lawyers are reviewing testosterone therapy treatments for heart attack, stroke and wrongful death lawsuits.
Testosterone Therapy Side Effects
It is commonly known that testosterone therapy side effects include heart attack, stroke, and death, however there are dozens more side effects which may occur to those undergoing testosterone therapy. In fact, many of these side effects even appear on the testosterone therapy package insert information.
Some testosterone replacement therapy side effects include:
- Acne, skin irritation
- Blood clots in the legs
- Body swelling
- Decreased sperm count
- Enlarged and painful breasts
- Enlarged prostate
- High blood pressure
- Increased cholesterol levels
- Increased liver function tests
- Increased red blood cell count
- Increased risk of prostate cancer
- Longer lasting erections, than considered to be normal
- Sleep apnea
Testosterone Therapy Brand Names
There are a number of testosterone therapy drugs used across America, as a result many have adverse side effects, many of which are listed above. If you have been taking a testosterone replacement therapy drug, and have experienced any of the side effects previously listed, it is imperative to visit your health care provider immediately.
Some common testosterone therapy brand names include:
- Fortesta Gel
- Low T
- Testosterone Therapy
Exposure to Testosterone May Cause Reactions to Women and Children
Several reports indicate that exposure to low T testosterone treatment products to non-patients may result in adverse side effects. In fact, the Medication Guide for Tevas testosterone gel reads that the gel may present very serious risks to non-patients. This gel may transfer from a patients body, or unwashed clothes to women, children, and pets.
Children exposed to testosterone gel may experience:
- Aggressive behavior
- Early development of pubic hair
- Enlarged penis or clitoris
- Increased erections
- Increased sex drive
Women exposed to testosterone gel may experience:
- Changes in body hair
- Increase in acne
Are Low T Ads Misleading?
Testosterone products are designed for treating specific disorders following chemotherapy and for those suffering from hormone deficiencies, while doctors are now prescribing patients to testosterone therapy in the form of lifestyle treatment, according to the New York Times. The New York Times report indicates that many doctors believe that the condition known as low testosterone or low T, is an invented condition.
In fact, the NYT report includes a 2013 CMI/Compass survey revealing that over half of physicians believe pharmaceutical advertising should be reduced, while 63 percent say the prevailing marketing is misinforming to patients.
Advertising is to be blamed for the spike in low T replacement testosterone prescriptions and talks regarding men's drop in energy and sex drive, while urging men to speak with their doctors about low testosterone, despite many doctors believe that this is a fabricated condition. In 2012, a Fierce Pharma report indicated that nearly $3.47 billion was being spent on direct-to-consumer advertising. Last year alone, prescription testosterone gels resulted in $2 billion in the United States, which is expected to increase over two-fold by 2017.
According to the Associated Press (AP), advertising is being focused on low sex drive, fatigue, and anti-aging benefits, while no long-term, or large scale research has addressed testosterone treatment, and many in the medical community are avoiding using such products for the normal aging process. It is also recognized that low testosterone is usually not a factor in disorders like erectile dysfunction.
Contact our Testosterone Therapy Side Effects Attorneys Today
For over 50 years the Tulsa personal injury attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm have provided experience and knowledge in legal services to clients throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. We have aggressively won over $100 million for our clients during this time and are prepared to help you with your testosterone therapy case today.
Our litigation attorneys firms are located in Tulsa OK as well as Dallas TX. However, they practice law within these states.
If you or a loved one has suffered an adverse event as a result of testosterone therapy, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages. To learn more contact our law firm at 1-800-304-9246.