Testosterone Replacement Therapy Lawsuit
Increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke in otherwise healthy men
Testosterone replacement therapies are frequently used by older and middle-aged men to maintain sex drive, muscle mass, bone health, and energy levels. The following are examples of common testosterone treatments:
- Bio-T Gel
As a result of using testosterone treatments, many men have suffered serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, and even death.
In the past few years, the sales for testosterone replacement therapies have skyrocketed, despite recent studies that have linked use of these treatments to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. The reason for this dramatic increase in sales is the drug manufacturers’ aggressive, direct-to-consumer marketing of testosterone treatments to healthy men who have experienced a natural decrease in there testosterone levels. These drug companies advertise to men that if they exhibit a few general symptoms (e.g., fatigue, sadness, and grumpiness) then they have “Low T” and should ask their doctor for testosterone replacement therapy. These marketing campaigns have led to a vast over-prescription of testosterone treatments, which come at a cost.
In November 2013, a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association reported that men with a history of cardiac problems who use testosterone replacement therapies are 29% more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke, or even death. Furthermore, in January 2014, a study published in the medical journal PLoS One found that men over 65 and men under 65 with a history of cardiac problems were twice as likely to have a heart attack after taking a testosterone prescription for only three months.
The manufacturers of these testosterone replacement therapies knew that the risks associated with these treatments outweighed the benefits, yet failed provide adequate warnings to consumers or health care providers.
If you or a loved one have used a testosterone replacement therapy and subsequently suffered a heart attack, stroke, or death, Heard Robins may be able to help you file a lawsuit to try to compensate you for your loss. Please give us a call today.