If you or a loved one were prescribed testosterone for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and suffered a heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Kishish Law Group today for your free and confidential case evaluation by completing our contact form or calling us toll free at 1 (888) 609-4664.
Decreased testosterone levels are common in older men and a natural part of the aging process. In recent years, advertisements have tried to convince men that many of the symptoms of aging are part of a treatable condition called "Low T." While prescriptions for testosterone replacement in older men have greatly increased in recent years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that testosterone replacement in patients who do not have certain medical conditions can be dangerous. The FDA says that testosterone use outside of disorders of the testicles, pituitary gland or brain may cause an increased risk of heart attacks or stroke.
Patients accuse several manufacturers and distributors of testosterone replacement products, including AbbVie, Inc., of failing to warn them of the risks of these products. Lawsuits assert pharmaceutical companies deliberately downplayed or ignored the potential side effects of use of testosterone in men outside certain medical conditions.
If you were prescribed testosterone replacement and suffered cardiovascular side effects like stroke, heart attack or blood clots, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries that you suffered. Filing a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies can help pay for medical bills, lost wages or other pain and suffering you may have suffered. A lawsuit may help send a message to the pharmaceutical companies that they should more completely test their products and inform patients of the risks of using their products.
What testosterone products are involved in litigation?
Different kinds of testosterone products are widely available, including gels, patches, pellets inserts under the skin, adhesives that adhere to the gums and cheeks, and intramuscular injections. Some of the specific testosterone replacement therapy products that plaintiffs have named in litigation include
What does the testosterone side effect lawsuit say?
In In Re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation, a consolidated action against several defendant manufacturers and distributors of testosterone replacement products, the Plaintiffs claim that the defendants aggressively marketed their products for a supposedly fictitious condition they called "Low T." Plaintiffs argue that Defendants sought to inflate and expand the definition of medical hypogonadism to include symptoms of the normal process of aging in men. In advertising their products to a wider group of men, Plaintiffs say that Defendants downplayed or ignored dangerous side effects of testosterone products, including the risk of blood clots and heart damage. Blood clots and heart damage may lead to increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, or other cardiovascular injuries. Plaintiffs contend that any warnings Defendants gave to physicians or consumers were inadequate. Plaintiffs argue that had Defendants given appropriate warnings, patients would not have sought out prescriptions and doctors would not have prescribed the testosterone products.
There may be other individual lawsuits pending against manufacturers and distributors of testosterone replacement therapy products not covered above.
Have there been any settlements in the testosterone lawsuits?
Yes—it is important to contact a lawyer to determine if these settlements could apply to your case as you may have limited time to make a claim. Many defendants involved in the consolidated action have announced settlements or tentative settlements for claims made against them regarding the testosterone products. The Philadelphia Business Journal reported that Endo Pharmaceuticals and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals have set aside $200 million to pay for testosterone-related product liability. GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly & Co. have also announced settlements in the testosterone litigation. Law360 reports that the only defendant in the consolidated action that has yet to settle is AbbVie, Inc., the manufacturer of AndroGel and the company with the greatest number of cases against it in the action.
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If you took testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and suffered a heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism, you may be entitled to compensation.
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