New Stroke and Heart Attack Warning is Issued Over Low Testosterone Supplements
If you are a man approaching middle age the lure of testosterone supplements may seem to be too great to resist. As the Mayo Clinic points out testosterone therapy offers the prospect of increasing your muscle mass, sharpening your memory and concentration, boosting your libido, giving you more energy.
This is not the only reason why men take so-called Low T supplements. Low T drugs address hormonal deficiencies in men which can be caused by medical problems like endocrine tumors, hypogonadism or the disruptive effects of chemotherapy treatment for cancer.
Although taking Low T supplements may seem like a win-win, there is a potentially fatal downside to these drugs that has led to a spate of lawsuits.
Men who suffer heart attacks, stroke, other heart-related issues or other adverse side effects after using testosterone products or supplements are now beginning to file lawsuits, claiming they were not properly warned of the risks. Personal injury law firms such as ours expect to see many more actions like this over the next 12 months.
As is the case with many drugs, the statements made by the pharmaceutical companies about the adverse effect of their drugs will come under increased scrutiny as the lawsuits mount.
Depending on how drug companies market their products to particular demographics such as elderly men or healthy men who wanted to boost their vitality, they could face claims that they made misleading statements about the benefits of their Low T drugs.
Just this month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new warning about the use of Low T supplements
The warning stated “Testosterone is FDA-approved as replacement therapy only for men who have low testosterone levels due to disorders of the testicles, pituitary gland, or brain that cause a condition called hypogonadism.” The warning said, based on the FDA’s findings, “we are requiring labeling changes for all prescription testosterone products to reflect the possible increased risk of heart attacks and strokes associated with testosterone use.”
Already more than 1,000 lawsuits have been filed by men who say testosterone drugs caused them to have cardiovascular problems. They are pending in federal court. The cases have been brought against a number of drugs and manufacturers.
What are Low T Supplements?
They include Androgel, Androderm, Axirom, Bio-T-Gel, Delatestryl, Depo-Testosterone, Fortesta, Striant, Testim and Testope.
Who Are the Manufacturers?
Eli Lilly, makes Axiron; AbbVie Inc makes Androgel; Delatestryl is made by Indevus Pharmaceuticals, Auxilium makes Testim.
If you have suffered a stroke or a cardiac problem and you were taking a Low T drug, the supplement may have caused your problem and you may have grounds to sue a drug company. We can advise you if you have a case. Call our Virginia dangerous drugs lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation.