Florida Testosterone Lawyers
Men who have suffered heart attacks, strokes, and other serious medical events may be able to file lawsuits if it can be determined that these events were catalyzed by testosterone therapy or low-T treatments. A number of testosterone lawsuits have already been filed against the makers of several types of testosterone drugs. Qualifying victims may be able to participate in existing class-action lawsuits.
What is Testosterone Therapy?
Testosterone therapy was approved by the FDA to treat men with low testosterone levels. Testosterone drugs can be applied in gel form, as a cream, taken orally as a pill, injected or implanted. Low testosterone may cause men to gain weight and lose sex drive, so testosterone therapies are often touted as alleviating these naturally occurring symptoms of aging.
Testosterone Prescription Increase
Roughly 432 million prescriptions were written for testosterone therapy in 2013, which is more than double the number of prescriptions written in 2008. Many of the manufacturers of testosterone drugs launched aggressive advertising campaigns that appealed directly to consumers over the last several years. These advertisements informed male consumers that testosterone therapy could increase bone density, build muscle mass, and improve declining sex drive. As a result, many patients requested testosterone therapy from physicians, who began to prescribe the drugs off-label.
Testosterone Therapy Study
In November of 2013, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study linking testosterone to an increased risk for myocardial infarction and other cardiovascular complications. During the study, researchers found that men undergoing testosterone therapy were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die of cardiovascular complications during a three year span of time than men that had low testosterone but were not undergoing treatment. The study was the first indication that the risks of using testosterone therapy may outweigh the benefits.
The FDA made an announcement in January 2014 that the correlation between testosterone products and the increased risk of heart attacks and stroke would be further investigated. As of June 2014, the FDA had not concluded that testosterone therapies increased the risks of cardiovascular ailments. However, the investigation is ongoing. The FDA urged patients currently undergoing testosterone therapy that are concerned about risks to consult physicians before stopping treatment. The FDA also encouraged physicians and patients to report side effects of testosterone therapy to the FDA for investigational purposes.
Testosterone Therapy Claims
Testosterone lawsuits have been filed by many patients and family members of patients that claimed the risks were not adequately outlined prior to beginning the treatment. While this would typically be cause for a medical negligence lawsuit against the hospital or physician, many physicians claim that the risks were not disclosed by the drug companies. Many suits filed against testosterone drug companies also allege that advertisements were misleading, causing men to believe that natural signs of aging were indicative of problematic low testosterone levels.
Testosterone Class Action Lawsuits in Florida
Patients that have experienced side effects after using the following testosterone drug brands may be eligible to file a class action lawsuit:
Testosterone Side Effects
In addition to heart attacks and strokes, a number of other side effects may be linked to testosterone therapy. Pulmonary embolisms, coronary artery disease, and transient ischemic attacks may also be connected to use of the drugs. In severe cases, patients have even died from complications associated with testosterone therapy side effects.
Patients that have suffering from side effects of testosterone therapy and family members of patients that have died as a result of testosterone drug use may be able to recover compensation for associated costs. Lawsuits may be complicated and time-consuming due to ongoing research efforts, so victims are encouraged to seek the assistance of an attorney. Successful lawsuits may result in victim reimbursement for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. Drug companies may also be penalized for false advertising and releasing drugs that were unsafe onto the market.
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