On 31 January 2014, the FDA issued a safety announcement concerning the use of FDA-approved testosterone products that are intended to treat patients with low testosterone levels. This announcement came directly following two clinical studies suggesting that testosterone therapy increases risk of heart attack, stroke and even death. These studies have prompted the FDA to launch an investigation into testosterone therapy to reassess its effects on the cardiovascular system. You can read the announcement here.
The attorneys at Meyers & Flowers are investigating claims on behalf of men who have suffered a heart attack or stroke while receiving testosterone therapy.
Patients who are currently taking a prescription testosterone product should not stop taking it without a discussion with their physician. Physicians should thoroughly examine the patient to discover if the risks outweigh the benefits. Additionally, physicians must strictly prohibit off-label usage of FDA-approved testosterone products.
Aggressive marketing for off-label usage
Testosterone products are FDA-approved only for men with low testosterone levels due to a medical condition known as hypogonadism. Despite this, Abbvie Inc., the manufacturer of AndroGel® testosterone gel, has marketed its product by citing vague symptoms that may or may not be due to low testosterone levels.
By using subtle marketing tactics, Abbvie Inc. has implied that symptoms such as feeling sad, lack of energy and loss of height could mean low T levels. Subsequently, patients are rushing to their doctors to be prescribed AndroGel® despite the fact that they have not actually been tested for low T levels. Unfortunately, these doctors are often all too willing to prescribe the testosterone product.
As a specific example, the AndroGel® website has a quiz indicating that erectile dysfunction is caused by low testosterone levels. While this may be true in some cases, erectile dysfunction can also be caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol and spinal cord injuries. Low testosterone may not be a factor at all. This means that when a doctor prescribes AndroGel® due to erectile dysfunction without conducting further tests for low T levels, they are not only prescribing off-label usage, they are also potentially preventing a patient from getting to the real source of erectile dysfunction.
While AndroGel® and Abbvie Inc. have been in the spotlight for off-label usage, there are many other testosterone boosting products that may result in complications, including:
It is good for patients to be aware of these, as off-label usage of the above products may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or death. For patients currently using the above medications, it is important they see their physician to ensure there is no off-label usage occurring.
Testosterone therapy lawsuit
If you or a loved one suffered a stroke or heart attack while on testosterone therapy, you may be entitled to compensation due to off-label usage resulting in complications. The pharmaceutical lawyers at Meyers & Flowers are investigating claims on behalf of injured men against all of the manufacturers listed above. In order to find out if you have a case, please fill out our online evaluation form, and we will contact you to discuss the matter.
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