Heart Attacks, Strokes, Infertility, Deaths Lead to Lawsuits
The Oklahoma City law firm of Hasbrook & Hasbrook is investigating claims and legal rights of men who have received treatment in the form of a gel, topical solution, patch, spray, tablet, injection or implant for low testosterone.
Studies have linked some “Low T” testosterone treatments and therapies with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, prostate cancer, and death. Ironically, testosterone treatments may also cause infertility. Topical gels and solutions also pose a risk to children and women who have secondary exposure to the hormone.
Testosterone treatments and therapies in use in the U.S. include:
- Gels: Androgel, Bio-T Gel, Testim
- Topical solution: Axiron
- Patch: AndroDerm
- Spray: Foresta
- Tablet: Striant
- Injections: Delatestryl, Depo-Testosterone
- Implant: Testopel
Men who receive testosterone treatments and therapies are motivated by a variety of desired benefits, including improved sexual function, more energy, increased bone mineral density, and more strength and lean muscle mass. Additional possible benefits of some treatments include lower cholesterol and improved insulin resistance. However, recent lawsuits allege that some testosterone patients were not advised by manufacturers and/or medical providers of the increased risks associated with the treatments.
Some testosterone replacement treatments have been in use for decades. However, as the Baby Boomer generation has moved into its 50s and 60s, demand for testosterone treatments has skyrocketed in recent years. According to a recent JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) report, prescriptions in 2011 exceeded 5 million, which is double the 2006 total and a five-times increase over the number of such prescriptions in 2000. Annual sales of testosterone therapies total close to $2 billion.
Questions About Testosterone Treatments
Recent lawsuits have raised many questions about testosterone therapies, the manufacturers who market them and the medical providers who prescribe them. Those questions include:
- Are testosterone treatments being prescribed to men who have not been tested for low testosterone? In other words, are testosterone treatments being viewed as a “fountain of youth” that can turn back the normal effects of age, even in men who do not have low T?
- Have manufacturers been open about publicizing the possible dangers of testosterone treatments?
- Do doctors and other medical providers test for low T before prescribing a testosterone drug?
- Do doctors and other medical providers discuss the increased risks of testosterone treatments with their patients?
- Are testosterone treatments especially dangerous for men who have heart disease or signs of possible heart problems? Such signs include plaque buildup, artery blockage, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.
- Have manufacturers expressed caution about prescribing low T treatments to such men with heart problems or signs of heart problems? Do medical providers warn such men about the increased risks of low T therapies?
As the market for testosterone replacement therapies and treatments has exploded, manufacturers have become aggressive about advertising their various testosterone products. Some advertisements have promoted testosterone treatments to all aging men, not just men with measurable low T. Some advertisements have described low T treatments as a veritable fountain of youth. And some advertisements have failed to warn prospective users of the dangers.
If You were Hurt After Taking Androgel or Testosterone, our Attorneys can Help
For more information about testosterone treatments and therapies, see the blog posts under our “Testosterone” blog category.
If you or a loved one has received testosterone replacement treatment and have experienced adverse effects, including heart attack, stroke, infertility or death, you should learn about your legal rights. Low T patients and their loved ones who have suffered harms and losses may have legal claims, especially if the patient:
- Received testosterone treatment without being tested for low T.
- Had a previous history of heart disease.
- Had signs or symptoms of heart problems, including plaque buildup, artery blockage, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.
Contact Hasbrook & Hasbrook for a free consultation regarding your legal rights. You may contact us by telephone (866-416-4737), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or use our website contact form.