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Testosterone Therapy Lawsuit

Low-T patientThe prospect of filing a testosterone therapy lawsuit is becoming relevant to increasing numbers of men across the country. Attracted by the promise of a miracle cure for low libido, fatigue, memory trouble and general malaise, millions of individuals have taken “Low T” supplements in recent years.

Sadly, growing concern has begun to emerge about the very serious side effects that have been reported in connection to the medications, including heightened risk of heart attacks, strokes and even death.

At Eisbrouch & Marsh, our product liability attorneys have 25 years of experience representing victims of dangerous and defective drugs throughout New Jersey, Long Island and all five boroughs of New York, and we stand ready to help determine whether or not an Androgel lawsuit is appropriate for you and your family.

History of testosterone therapy

Following an onslaught of advertising over the past several years touting the benefits of testosterone therapy, the number of prescriptions written for such medications has skyrocketed. Many men have sought out these treatments, believing that they could help with many of the dreaded signs of middle age, such as flagging sexual performance, forgetfulness and low energy.

It is important to note, however, that AndroGel, Axiron and other similar drugs were originally intended (and approved by the FDA) to treat hypogonadism, a condition characterized by insufficient production of male hormones resulting from testicular or pituitary issues. The fact, however, is that most of the men who have received prescriptions for testosterone therapy have never received a clinical diagnosis for hypogonadism, and are simply interested in finding an elusive fountain of youth.

The desire for increased pep and vigor may have exposed countless individuals to a great deal of unnecessary risk of heart attack and other harmful side effects and has caused some to contemplate whether to file an AndroGel lawsuit.

In November 2013, a study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which revealed new evidence of the link between testosterone therapy and an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and death in older male patients with a prior history of heart trouble. Subsequently, an additional study was released that demonstrated a doubling of the danger of cardiac events in younger male patients, whether or not they had a previous history of heart concerns.

In the aftermath of these studies, the FDA announced in January of 2014 that it would conduct a formalized review of testosterone therapy drug safety to uncover more information about this potentially dangerous connection.

Reported side effects of testosterone therapy

Most physicians agree that testosterone therapy can indeed boost lean muscle mass and enhance libido in males, but the lengthy list of possibly serious side effects that can also accompany such treatment must not be underestimated. Though increased risks of stroke and heart attack have garnered the most attention in recent months, there are several other noteworthy complications potentially stemming from Low T supplements, including:

  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Exacerbated sleep apnea
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Prostate cancer
  • Polycythemia
  • Harm to children and women who come into contact with the medications
  • Death

With evidence mounting about the link between testosterone therapy and heart attack risk, many are calling for stronger labeling on these medications. AndroGel’s labeling currently warns about a potentially increased risk of low sperm count, prostate cancer, sleep apnea and leg swelling in patients who take the drug, but it does not carry any language about the risk of cardiovascular events or strokes.

The FDA’s promise of enhanced scrutiny of these treatments may embolden consumer groups to press even harder for new labeling on all testosterone therapy products.

Testosterone lawsuits begin to emerge

The widespread popularity of testosterone therapy drugs and the recent emergence of serious concerns about their safety have resulted in the filing of what are likely to be the first of a large volume of testosterone lawsuits in courts across the nation. Thus far, the plaintiffs in these cases have suffered strokes or heart attacks after beginning treatment regimens involving testosterone replacement.

In February of 2014, five plaintiffs filed suit against Abbott Laboratories and its subsidiary AbbVie, Inc. in federal court, with many more sure to follow. Common to these lawsuits are allegations that the drug manufacturers engaged in deceptive and misleading marketing, breached warranties, failed to warn consumers of potential harm and they minimized and actively disguised known dangers posed by the treatments.

The dangerous drug attorneys of Eisbrouch & Marsh have what it takes to stand up to pharmaceutical giants and assemble the evidence necessary to hold them accountable for negligence of this type.

How a testosterone lawyer can help

Major drug makers such as those responsible for creating and marketing testosterone therapy supplements have vast resources at their disposal and do not hesitate to vigorously defend against suits brought by plaintiffs alleging serious injuries.

Fortunately, the dedicated personal injury lawyers of Eisbrouch & Marsh have access to medical experts, case investigators and support staff who work collaboratively to marshal all essential facts, review medical records and build the most effective case possible on behalf of clients.

Our firm pledges to:

  • Provide individualized, attentive service
  • Identify opportunities for class action or multidistrict litigation to help conserve resources
  • Manage all critical pre-trial steps including discovery and expert witness selection
  • Zealously advocate for our clients’ interests in all settlement negotiations
  • Confidently proceed to trial should an earlier resolution prove impossible

Selecting the right testosterone therapy lawyer can make all the difference in the ultimate outcome achieved. Due to the serious nature of the harm posed by these drugs, available financial recovery for victims can be quite substantial.

A skilled attorney will fight for every dollar of compensation owed, which may include payment for:

  • Past, current and future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disruption of personal relationships
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Funeral costs, in cases of wrongful death

Personal injury lawyers you can trust

If you have sustained serious harm after exposure to testosterone therapy, we at Eisbrouch & Marsh invite you to schedule a no-cost consultation to begin the process of exploring legal options and the benefits of filing a personal injury lawsuit. Contact us at 201-342-5545, and we will conduct a comprehensive case review and offer the analysis you need to make informed decisions for yourself and your family.

  1. Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Abbott Labs Sued For Fraud By Men Claiming AndroGel Harms, www.businessweek.com/news/2014-02-05/abbott-labs-sued-for-fraud-by-men-claiming-androgel-harms-1 
  2. Forbes, Low T or High Risk? Testosterone Treatments and Heart Attacks, www.forbes.com/sites/edsilverman/2014/01/29/low-t-or-high-risk-testosterone-treatments-and-heart-attacks/ 
  3. Newsday, FDA to review safety risk of testosterone drugs, www.newsday.com/news/health/fda-to-review-safety-risk-of-testosterone-drugs-1.6921374