Lawsuits Related to Testosterone
Are you experiencing negative side effects after undergoing testosterone therapy?
Thousands of lawsuits surrounding testosterone products and their dangerous side effects have been filed in the last five years. Patients and families of patients who’ve suffered from heart attacks, strokes and blood clots are calling for the drug manufacturers to recall dangerous products and include a more serious warning label.
A recent case in 2014 involved several men who launched suits against Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie Inc.,the makers of AndroGel after suffering from heart attacks, and strokes. The men claimed the company deceived the public by purposely concealing serious health risks.
Medical Critique and Commentary
A study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that older men had a 29% increase in stroke, heart attack and death when undergoing testosterone therapy.
Another study, conducted by the National Cancer Institute reported men using testosterone therapies have an increased risk of suffering heart attacks. The study focused on 56,000 patients, and revealed that men over the age of 65, and patients younger than 65 with a history of heart disease, had twice the rate of heart attacks in the three months after beginning testosterone therapy when compared to the year prior to beginning their treatment.
While some doctors believe, the studies surrounding testosterone therapies and their adverse health effects are inconclusive, an opposing portion of doctors, patients and family members are fighting for more research and more accountability for the over-prescribed hormone.
Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, associate professor of pharmacology and director of the industry watchdog group PharmedOut.org at Georgetown University School of Medicine, told The Atlantic that she believes the hormone is “being thrown around like sugar water.”
Two other doctors, Lisa Schwartz, M.D., and Steven Woloshin, M.D., co-directors of the Dartmouth College Center for Medicine and the Media, expressed their concerns toward testosterone therapies and the marketing campaigns surrounding their use in a JAMA Internal Medicine editorial earlier this year.
“Whether the campaign is motivated by a sincere desire to help men or simply by greed, we should recognize it for what it is: a mass, uncontrolled experiment that invites men to expose themselves to the harms of a treatment unlikely to fix problems that may be wholly unrelated to testosterone levels,” Woloshin and Schwartz wrote.
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