Testosterone Replacement Therapy Cause Your Injures?
You May Be Eligible to File a Testosterone Therapy Lawsuit
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) medications are intended to treat low testosterone levels in men. However, research into the side effects of TRT prompted an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to reports, testosterone replacement therapy may cause a heart attack, stroke and premature death.
In 2015, the FDA cautioned that TRT should only be prescribed to those who have medical conditions causing low testosterone. The agency does not recommend testosterone replacement for those who have low testosterone levels due to normal aging, and it now requires a warning label to that effect on all TRT products. However, aggressive marketing campaigns for these drugs targeted men with low testosterone due to aging, who are at risk for serious side effects. Thus, many victims of injuries caused by testosterone therapy and their family members have filed drug lawsuits against the manufacturers of these products.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries caused by testosterone products, then you may be eligible to file a testosterone therapy lawsuit for damages. The Philadelphia pharmaceutical litigation lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., have recovered millions of dollars for victims of defective drugs. In one case, our attorneys helped secure a $3.5 million settlement in a wrongful death case involving a defective pharmaceutical product.
What are the Different Testosterone Therapy Products?
Multiple companies are responsible for manufacturing, selling and advertising testosterone replacement products. Companies such as Abbvie Inc., Abbott Laboratories Inc., Eli Lilly & Co., Actavis Inc. and Pfizer Inc. produce these products. Testosterone products are prescribed under various brand names, including:
- Delatestryl ®
What are the Health Risks of Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Testosterone replacement therapy may cause disabling and fatal health conditions, especially when used unnecessarily. Possible health conditions caused by testosterone therapy may include:
- Heart attack. Studies have found possible links between testosterone therapy and heart attacks. According to research published by PLOS ONE¸ men over 65 who receive TRT are twice as likely as their peers to suffer a heart attack. Moreover, men with existing heart problems may have a threefold risk. An additional study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs also found these products may increase the risk of a heart attack.
- Stroke. A study published in JAMA Medicine found that men using testosterone products were 30 percent more likely to suffer strokes than those who were not using the medications.
- Blood clots. In 2014, the FDA issued a warning that testosterone replacement products may cause a higher risk of blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). These blood clots can travel to the lungs and other organs, resulting in severe complications or death.
- Sleep apnea. Testosterone products may also induce sleep apnea, a condition that causes breathing interruptions at night. People with this condition have an increased risk of suffering from high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
Who is a Risk from Testosterone Replacement Product Defects?
Testosterone replacement therapy products are FDA-approved to treat specific health conditions, such as low testosterone caused by chemotherapy. However, these products are not FDA-approved to treat fatigue or loss of sexual function caused by aging. Nevertheless, over the last several years, drug manufacturers aggressively marketed TRT products to treat natural aging symptoms in men.
These marketing campaigns focused on convincing men that a decline in sexual drive, energy and athleticism were caused by Low-T (low testosterone). According to drug manufacturers, testosterone replacement therapy can treat symptoms of Low-T. These marketing tactics boosted sales, but also put thousands of men at risk for serious cardiovascular problems. From 2009 to 2013, the number of patients using these products increased substantially. However, the FDA also began receiving reports claiming testosterone products caused heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and wrongful death. In late 2016, the FDA required manufacturers of testosterone products to use labels that warned of these possible health complications.
Still, many victims and their families continue to be harmed by TRT manufacturers for failure to warn of these serious risks and false advertising.
Can I File a Testosterone Therapy Lawsuit? Call Our Attorneys for More Information
If you or a loved one suffered harm while taking prescription testosterone products, then the Philadelphia pharmaceutical litigation lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., can evaluate your claim. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a testosterone therapy lawsuit against the drug manufacturer.
To learn about your options for filing a lawsuit for drug defects, call our office at (866) 569-3400 or fill out our online contact form. All initial consultations are free and confidential. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will not have to pay us unless we obtain results for you or your loved one.