Low-T products are widely used to treat men diagnosed with a deficiency or absence of natural testosterone associated with a medical condition called hypogonadism. However, a growing number of men are using testosterone replacement products like AndroGel and Androderm to combat the natural signs of aging, like low testosterone levels, decreased sex drive, loss of energy and fatigue. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, by 2011, close to one in 25 men in their 60s was taking testosterone drugs, which doctors blame on the aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies like AbbVie. “The market for testosterone gels evolved because there is an appetite among men and because there is advertising,” says Dr. Joel Finkelstein, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. “The problem is that no one has proved that it works, and we don’t know the risks.”
In January 2014, the FDA issued a safety announcement notifying consumers and the medical community that the agency planned to investigate the alleged increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death among men using FDA-approved testosterone products like AndroGel and Testim. If you underwent testosterone replacement therapy, and you have since suffered a potentially life-threatening complication like heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or blood clots, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are committed to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by allegedly dangerous medications, and can help put you in touch with a qualified lawyer who has experience handling testosterone replacement therapy claims.