If you or a loved one have suffered a stroke or heart attack while on testosterone therapy (TT), you may be eligible for compensation through a testosterone lawsuit. Contact us for more information.
In February 2014, the FDA announced they would be investigating testosterone therapy drugs to reassess their safety. The announcement came within months of two separate studies that showed men who took testosterone therapy drugs were at an increased risk for stroke, heart attack and death.
About Testosterone Therapy:
Testosterone therapy (TT) can be administered as a gel, patch, injection, or tablet that sticks onto the gums.It is approved to treat hypogonadism by increasing testosterone levels.
Symptoms of low testosterone can include: 1
- Loss of interest in sex;
- Difficulty getting an erection;
- Fertility problems;
- Tiredness and lack of energy;
- Loss of bone density;
- Muscle weakness; and
- Loss of body hair
Because these symptoms are vague and can be attributed to a number of other factors (age being one of them), a blood test is necessary for diagnosis.
Prescriptions on the Rise
The number of prescriptions for testosterone therapy drugs has sharply increased over time, with men in their 40’s being the fastest-growing group of users. Although a blood test is needed to confirm low testosterone, it has become increasingly common for doctors to prescribe the drugs based on the vague symptoms listed above. In fact, studies show nearly a quarter of men prescribed to the drug did not have their levels tested. Further, it is unclear how many of those tested actually were deficient in testosterone.2
Studies Show Increased Risk of Heart Complications
In 2010, a study by The New England Journal of Medicine followed a group of 209 men with an average age of 74 years. They found that the group that took the testosterone gel had higher rates of adverse events than the group that did not take the drug. Although the study was limited in sample size and diversity of participants, researchers were able to conclude that the application of a testosterone gel was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular adverse events.
Another recent publication came from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in November 2013. This study suggested men taking TT were at a 30 percent increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and death.
In January 2014, a cohort study published in PLOS ONE assessed the risk of acute non-fatal myocardial infarction (heart attack) following an initial TT prescription. Researchers found a two-fold increase in the risk of heart attack among men aged 65 years and older in the first 90 days of taking testosterone therapy. In men 65 years and younger with a pre-existing history of heart disease, the risk was two- to three-fold. The study did not find an increased risk among younger men who did not have pre-existing heart conditions.
Testosterone Lawsuit – Do you have a case?
Have you or a loved one sustained a stroke or heart attack while taking testosterone therapy, such as Androgel, Androderm, Axirom, Bio-T-Gel, Delatestryl, Depo-Testosterone, Fortresta, Striant, Testim, or Testopel? Contact us to discuss your rights. You may be eligible for compensation through a testosterone lawsuit.
GoldenbergLaw is currently handling testosterone therapy cases in Minnesota and throughout the nation and has been litigating mass tort drugs and devices for over 29 years. We understand and possess the resources needed to successfully pursue these cases and are working with some of the top experts in the nation.
If you are unfamiliar with the way dangerous drug lawsuits work, please visit our FAQ page that explains some terms you may hear, such as “mass tort” or “MDL.” For many injured people seeking an attorney, this is their first time having to look for this type of help. Often, their uncertainty or hesitance comes from not knowing which questions to ask.
1JAMA “Low Testosterone”
2New York Times “Men’s Use of Testosterone on the Rise”