Testosterone is steroid hormone that is created naturally in the body to regulate bodily functions like hair growth, bone and muscle mass as well as sex drive and the male prostate. However, testosterone production is diminished as some men age.
Over the past 12 years, drug companies have introduced numerous testosterone replacement therapies, or low-T drugs, aimed at combating the effects of low testosterone. Unfortunately, reports show these products are over-prescribed due to aggressive marketing, and may cause higher rates of heart attack, stroke or death.
Several men have already filed a testosterone lawsuit over heart attack or stroke in a federal court. However, with nearly 5.5 million men each year using low-T drugs, and a lack of proper warnings by the manufacturers, experts predict thousands may eventually come forward.
Low-T drugs like AndroGel, Axiron and AndroDerm were approved by the FDA only for documented low testosterone. However, millions have been convinced by pharmaceutical company ads that the drugs are a fountain of youth for normal signs of aging like stress, tiredness or low sex drive.
Data shows 43% of those receiving prescriptions had normal testosterone levels and therefore didn’t need them. However, profits for the manufacturers have soared.
Recent studies now show low-T drugs may double the risk of heart attack and increase the risk of stroke or death by as much as 29% in some patients. Due to the failure of the manufacturers to warn of these risks, those affected can file a testosterone lawsuit.
If you or a family member suffered a heart attack or stroke while using AndroGel, Axiron, AndroDerm or another low-T drug, it is important to speak with a lawyer about a testosterone lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation. However, time is limited.
Last year, the American Medical Association published a study of military veterans that showed those over 65 or with a history of heart disease using testosterone replacement therapies were 29% more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or death.
This year, the National Cancer Institute and UCLA revealed a widespread study of 56,000 male patients which indicated those using low-T drugs over age 65 or with prior heart disease also had double the risk of suffering a heart attack.
Now, the FDA has announced a new study to investigate the heart, stroke and death risks of testosterone drugs. Consumer advocate groups have also petitioned the agency to add new label warnings to these drugs.
Pharmaceutical companies who make low-T drugs are likely to resist change. Last year, the National Institute of Health found that studies funded by the drug companies more often showed that these products were safe than those conducted by independent researchers.
With no recall of these products and evidence that the manufacturers may have influenced safety tests, the only recourse for those affected is legal action.
If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack, stroke or death after using a low-T drug, it is important to learn your legal options. Lawyers are available to discuss your case today and it costs nothing to file a testosterone lawsuit unless you receive compensation.
DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who specialize in these complex defective drug injury cases and have already handled a testosterone heart attack lawsuit.
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