Many men with low testosterone take testosterone-boosting drugs, such as Androgel, Fortesta, and Testim. Unfortunately, instead of improving men’s health, these medications sometimes do just the opposite. During the past several years, medical research has linked testosterone replacement therapy to an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and even death.
If you or your spouse suffered a heart attack, stroke, or experienced other serious health issues after using Androgel or other testosterone replacement drugs, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by the medication. To speak with a Philadelphia attorney about a testosterone lawsuit in a free and completely confidential legal consultation, call the Wieand Law Firm, LLC at (215) 666-7777 today.
Health Risks of Testosterone Medications: Heart Attack, Stroke, and Death
Testosterone is a sex hormone that helps regulate many important biological functions, including red blood cell production, sperm production, and the distribution of fat and muscle tissue. Men with low testosterone or “low T,” may experience unwanted effects such as depression, fatigue, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, weight gain, and anemia.
Pharmaceutical companies have produced several medications to treat low testosterone. It is commonly prescribed in patch or gel form to patients. Examples of testosterone replacements include:
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Peer-reviewed medical studies have connected testosterone medications to an increased risk of developing various health problems which can have disabling or potentially fatal outcomes for patients.
For example, according to a 2010 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), which compared men taking testosterone against a control group that took a placebo, “Significantly more men in the testosterone group… had adverse events… [including] cardiac disorders; respiratory… disorders; and skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders.” In particular, the risk of a “cardiovascular-related adverse event,” such as a heart attack, was “significantly greater among men in the testosterone group.”
In 2013, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published additional findings on the possible dangers of testosterone therapy. In the JAMA study, “Among 1,223 patients receiving testosterone therapy, 67 died [approximately 5.5%], 23 had myocardial infarctions [approximately 1.9%], and 33 had strokes [approximately 2.7%].” The study concluded, “These findings raise concerns about the potential safety of testosterone therapy.”
What is Mass Tort Litigation? Do I Have a Case Against the Drug Company?
You may be familiar with the term “class action lawsuit,” which is a large-scale lawsuit in which multiple victims consolidate their cases into a single action against a common defendant. Mass tort litigation follows different legal procedures than a class action lawsuit, but the general concept is similar in that mass tort litigation also involves multiple plaintiffs making claims against the same defendant. To break the term down piece by piece, “mass” means many plaintiffs, a “tort” is a civil (non-criminal) act of wrongdoing, and “litigation” is another term for legal action.
If you suffered a stroke, heart attack, or other adverse events after using a topical testosterone gel or cream, you may be able to bring a claim against the pharmaceutical company and other parties that played a role in negligently designing, developing, manufacturing, testing, marketing, labeling, or otherwise bringing dangerous testosterone replacement products to consumers. It’s important that you speak to a mass tort attorney as soon as possible due to rigid legal deadlines that limit your time for filing a lawsuit.
Turn to a Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer for Help with Your Testosterone Lawsuit
The Wieand Law Firm is investigating testosterone replacement therapy product liability claims involving serious injury and wrongful death. The Wieand Law Firm is proud to serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including but not limited to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Newark, Jersey City, Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, Lehigh County, Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, and Gloucester County.
If you or a family member suffered a stroke, cardiovascular problems, or developed other health issues while using a prescribed testosterone gel or patch, you should talk to a lawyer about bringing a claim for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages you have suffered as a result.
To speak with an attorney about bringing a testosterone lawsuit in a free and confidential legal consultation, call the Wieand Law Firm, LLC at (215) 666-7777 right away.
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