There is a lot of research suggesting that testosterone treatments for men cause an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes that can lead to serious injury and death. Millions of men who have been taking hormonal treatments are learning for the first time of the extent of the risk between this medical treatment and these sometimes fatal heart conditions.
Our attorneys are now reviewing potential lawsuits that allege that these companies knew that the risks greatly outweighed the benefits for many patients and failed to adequately warn doctors and patients of the potential risks. If you believe you may have a claim, please reach out to us here or call 800-553-8082.Why Researchers are Concerned About Testosterone Supplements?
Testosterone is a 19-carbon steroid hormone. Made from cholesterol naturally, it is very important for a healthy man. Because many of us lose our ability to produce testosterone as readily as we age, there are a host of drug companies out there willing to help us supplement what we get. The question is what are the risks of testosterone therapy?
In early November of last year (2013), a study was published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) that reported an elevated health risk of suffering of a stroke, heart attack, or death when taking testosterone supplements.
Hormonal anti-aging treatment has been around since 1889 after neurologist Charles-Edouard Brown-Sequard announced that after he injected liquefied dog and guinea pig testicles, he had improved levels of strength and health. Since then, testosterone supplementation has become a billion-dollar industry with U.S. doctors writing over 5.3 million prescriptions each year. Testosterone therapy, also known as Low-T Treatment, is usually prescribed to men aged 40 and up to help combat the natural decline in testosterone that occurs with aging. Low-T Treatment is most commonly administered as a gel, patch or injection and has been known to improve sex drive and increase bone density.
This particular study titled Association of Testosterone Therapy With Mortality, Myocardial Infarction, and Stroke in Men With Low Testosterone Levels published in JAMA examined the health records of 8,709 with low testosterone and received a coronary angiography (a test to determine plaque build up in blood vessels) in the VA health system between 2005 and 2011. Of the men, over 1,200 had testosterone therapy. Out of that group, over 25% had suffered a heart attack, stroke, or died within three years of treatment.
This means that the following products could be causing serious and fatal injuries to patients:
- Androgel (Abbvie/Abbott)
- Androderm (Actavis)
- Axirom (Eli Lilly)
- Bio-T-Gel (BioSante and Teva)
- Delatestryl (Indevus)
- Depo-Testosterone (Pharmacia & Upjohn Company)
- Fortesta (Endo)
- Striant (Columbia Laboratories)
- Testim (Auxilum/GlaxoSmithKline)
- Testopel (Auxilium)
According to the research, men with signs of heart problems such as high cholesterol, plaque buildup, and artery blockage are at a risk of being 30% more likely to suffer from a heart attack, stroke, or even die while undergoing Low-T Treatment. Additional research has also found that these types of medications can cause a body to hold extra body water, which can increase your risk of heart failure.
With that being said, this does not mean that only those with signs of heart problems prior to beginning treatment are at risk of these serious side effects. But those with such conditions should have more through evaluations with their physicians before beginning Low-T Treatment. Many cardiologists believe that physicians should be required to conduct long-term safety trials when prescribing these types of medication.Hiring a Lawyer
Researchers are working fast to get more information and attorneys are following right behind them to see just where the trail leads. But there is already enough to pursue this litigation, which we think might take off faster than anyone expects. What is going to drive these lawsuits is that the injuries are severe and the fact that over 5 million prescriptions have been written each year.
Have you or a loved one taken a testosterone treatment such as Fortesta, Acirom, Androgel, or Testpel and suffered from a heart attack, stroke or died during treatment? If so,please contact us to discuss your case with one of our attorneys at 1.800.553.8082 or online, here.