It’s always sickening to me when I see big drug companies spending millions on advertising to plug a product that may have dangerous or even fatal side effects.
Take the recent furor over low testosterone (Low T) supplements. These products have been widely advertised by companies that play on men’s insecurities, although in more recent months the ads you may have seen are more likely to be from personal injury law firms.
That’s because Low T drugs have been linked to a range of harmful side effects including heart attacks and deep veined thrombosis. Low testosterone can stifle a man’s sex drive, reduce his performance in bed, his energy, and motivation. It can also have some harmful health effects.
The downside of medication to address the problem is the fact that prescription testosterone may double your risk of suffering a heart attack.
In the past men have reported they have suffered an Androgel heart attack after taking the widely-used prescription drug. Other Low T drugs such as Testim and Axiron, are also implicated in recent lawsuits.
The litigation alleges these drugs caused patients to suffer serious cardiovascular injuries. More than 220 testosterone lawsuits are waiting to be heard in the Northern District of Illinois, all of which claim manufacturers of testosterone replacement drugs failed to provide doctors and patients with adequate warnings about their heart attack risks.
Low T drugs are just the latest medications to be linked to potentially fatal side effects. Actos, a drug that is prescribed for diabetes, has been linked to hundreds of cases of bladder cancer and led to numerous lawsuits.
Recently, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at cardiovascular injuries among men who were prescribed these low testosterone drugs compared to men who were not taking testosterone medication. It noted a 30 percent increase in the risk of heart attack or stroke for men taking the testosterone drugs compared to men who were not.
In January 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was looking into the possible cardiovascular risks associated with the drugs.
If you have been harmed by a drug that you have taken to increase your testosterone, you may have grounds to bring a lawsuit. A Virginia dangerous drugs attorney can advise you of your rights against the big pharmaceutical companies. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation at 757.455.0077.