Amid growing concerns about the potential side effects of testosterone drugs like AndroGel, approximately 1,100 lawsuits have already been filed against the makers of the potentially dangerous low-T products, with at least 714 cases involving injuries from AndroGel testosterone gel. If you used AndroGel or another allegedly dangerous testosterone therapy medication, and you have since suffered a potentially life-threatening side effect like heart attack or stroke, contact a skilled low-T drug injury attorney today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit against the drug manufacturing company, in order to seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries.
In June 2014, all testosterone therapy lawsuits filed in federal courts across the United States were centralized for coordinated pretrial proceedings as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL), regardless of which medications were used by plaintiffs or which drug manufacturers were involved in the cases. All of the complaints involve similar allegations that the drug manufacturing companies failed to provide adequate warnings to consumers and the medical community about the potential for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to put men at risk for serious side effects, including heart attack, pulmonary embolism, stroke and deep vein thrombosis.
Testosterone therapy drugs like AndroGel are designed to treat low testosterone levels associated with a condition known as hypogonadism, which is characterized by diminished functional activities of the testes. However, some men are being prescribed testosterone therapy medications to combat low-T associated with the natural aging process, putting them at unnecessary risk for potentially life-threatening side effects. According to two studies published in November 2013 and January 2014, AndroGel and other testosterone drugs may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and death for older men with pre-existing heart conditions, younger men with heart disease, and men over 65 with no prior heart conditions.
According to AndroGel maker AbbVie, a growing number of complaints are being brought against the drug company over injuries from its low-T drug, which is the best-selling TRT medication on the market today. In October 2014, there were 351 testosterone drug claims pending against all makers of the controversial medications, with 244 of the cases involving AbbVie’s AndroGel product. As of early February, the number of claims included in the federal MDL had increased to roughly 1,100 overall, with 714 complaints filed against AbbVie. If estimates are correct, there will ultimately be thousands of cases filed on behalf of men who used low-T drugs like AndroGel, and suffered heart attacks and other serious injuries.
If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of testosterone replacement therapy, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by allegedly dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, and we can help put you in touch with a knowledgeable attorney who has experience handling testosterone replacement therapy claims. With a qualified product liability lawyer on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.