Testosterone Lawsuit

The Risk of Heart Attack from Testosterone Injections

testosterone injectionDid you develop blood clots or heart problems after taking “Low T” supplements like Androgel? Talk to drug injury attorney Bart Bernard about filing a testosterone lawsuit in Louisiana. If you suffered adverse side effects or serious health complications from testosterone therapy, you aren’t alone. Thousands of plaintiffs claim that testosterone supplements were marketed and sold without adequate warning about heart attack, stroke and blood clot risks, spurring a wave of litigation across the country. For years, studies have cast doubt on the purported benefits of testosterone gels, transdermal patches and injections, touted to cure everything from low sex-drive and lethargy to an increasing waist line.

Testosterone products have been aggressively marketed as a lifestyle drug to help combat complaints of fewer erections, decreased muscle mass and a less-than-sharp memory – issues that are normal aging symptoms for many middle-aged men. Treatments like Axiron, Androderm, Androgel and Depo Testosterone generate billions of dollars in sales in the U.S. each year, but manufacturers are currently under fire for marketing their products for uses beyond FDA-approval. Hypogonadism is a rare medical condition in which the body produces insufficient testosterone. This is the only condition that testosterone products are legally approved to treat. However, testosterone therapy has remained big business, with thousands of men duped into believing they suffered from clinically low levels of testosterone. Since 2013, Androgel sales have eclipsed that of Viagra – one of the top-selling pharmaceuticals in the U.S.

Testosterone injection lawsuit allegations

Testosterone lawsuits raise claims of pharmaceutical negligence, misleading marketing and breach of warranties. These allegations are bolstered by several peer-reviewed studies including one 2014 paper published in PLOS ONE medical journal. Researchers found that testosterone therapy medications substantially increase heart attack risk among men over the age of 65 as well as younger men with preexisting heart problems or a history of cardiovascular disease.

Whether you were prescribed Striant, Aveed, Testim, Bio T Gel, Fortesta or Androgel, you have a right to be properly informed about possible side effects. Plaintiffs argue that testosterone product manufacturers put profits over safety and negligently failed to alert consumers about risk of blood clots, stroke and cardiovascular injury.

Plaintiffs also contend that testosterone manufactures engaged in deceptive advertising that misled men about the prevalence of “Low T” syndrome, while downplaying the serious health risks of testosterone replacement therapy.

At the Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers, we understand the emotional, physical and financial burdens caused by dangerous drugs. If you or someone you love suffered cardiovascular side effects, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or other life-altering complications while taking Low T supplements, you may be entitled to significant monetary damages. Bart Bernard is an experienced testosterone lawyer who is dedicated ted to helping victims recover the compensation they need and deserve.

Testosterone lawsuit news

The first round of testosterone blood clot cases concerning Androgel were filed in 2014. At present, more than 7,000 testosterone injury claims are pending, and many have been centralized under multidistrict litigation for more efficiency. Judge Matthew F. Kennelly is currently overseeing MDL 2545 in Illinois federal court, where defendants include AbbVie Inc., Abbott Laboratories Inc., Elli Lilly, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Actavis and other testosterone manufacturers.

With bellwether trials underway, it may be too early to speculate on Androgel lawsuit settlement amounts or jury verdicts. Should the defendants be held liable, legal reparations would include monies for:

  • Medical costs (past, present and future)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Loss of consortium
  • Permanent disability

Multidistrict litigation is an effective platform for expediting pretrial discovery and allowing plaintiffs and their testosterone lawyers to pool resources as they prepare to go before a jury. If the courts return judgements against the defendants in these early MDL trials, this may serve to encourage settlement negotiations for remaining claimants.

Engaging a competent product liability attorney who is well-versed in testosterone litigation can make a tremendous difference in your financial recovery. Attorney Bart Bernard offers private consultations to men who were harmed by testosterone drugs. Over the past two decades, he has successfully handled numerous drug injury claims in state and federal courts, and is not afraid to take on deep-pocketed pharmaceutical giants.

Consult with a Louisiana testosterone lawyer

Testosterone products have been shown to cause life-threatening cardiac injury, thrombolytic events, stroke, pulmonary embolism and even death in otherwise healthy men. If you believe the quality of your life and health was compromised by Androgel, Androderm or another testosterone replacement product, contact Louisiana personal injury attorney Bart Bernard who can determine if you have a viable claim for damages. The case evaluation is free and you never have to worry about legal costs since all cases are handled on a contingent basis.

Additional “Testosterone Lawsuit” Resources:

  1. PLOS One, Increased Risk of Non-Fatal Myocardial Infarction Following Testosterone Therapy Prescrption in Men, http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0085805
  2. Bloomberg, Abbott Labs Testosterone Suits Consolidated in Chicago http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-06/abbott-labs-testosterone-suits-consolidated-in-chicago.html
  3. US JPML, IN RE: ANDROGEL PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION MDL No. 2545 http://www.jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/MDL-2545-Initial_Transfer-05-14.pdf
  4. FDA, FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA Cautions about Using Testosterone Products for Low Testosterone Due to Aging; Requires Labeling Change to Inform of Possible Increased Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke with Risk, http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm436259.htm
  5. Reuters, AndroGel settlement negotiations privileged, judge rules http://www.reuters.com/article/health-androgel-idUSL1N14O20G20160104

Last modified: July 24, 2017


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