Millions of men use testosterone therapy, but there is evidence these drugs can cause serious health problems, especially cardiovascular issues. Recent changes to testosterone medication labels have called the safety of low testosterone, or low T treatments, into question.
Lawsuits have been filed nationwide against the makers of several popular low T drugs, including pharmaceutical giants like Abbvie, makers of AndroGel, and Eli Lilly, makers of Axiron. Patients claim the medications caused heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots in thousands of male users.
If you have an illness or injury caused by testosterone medications, a Los Angeles low T lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you seek compensation for damages in a product liability lawsuit.
To learn more, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444. A member of our team can discuss your case and your legal options in a free, no-obligation consultation.
Recent Changes to Testosterone Medication Labels
In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised testosterone therapy product labels to include warnings about testosterone medication increasing the risk of heart attack, blood clots, and stroke. One study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that heart attack was significantly higher in men over 65 when using testosterone therapy.
Also at issue are the way drug companies marketed testosterone medications and how doctors prescribed them as a remedy for decreased testosterone caused by aging. The label changes included a warning that testosterone therapy is only approved to treat specific disorders related to the pituitary gland, testicles, or brain.
Prior to this change in labeling, companies marketed testosterone therapy to men as a way to help maintain youth and virility—the safety of which is not established, according to the FDA.
More About the Dangers of Low-T Treatments
The FDA requires two popular topical testosterone medications, AndroGel and Testim, to carry warning labels about the health risks of secondary exposure. Secondary exposure happens when another person accidentally comes in contact with topical testosterone treatments through contact with the person using the drug.
According to MedlinePlus, children who have secondary exposure can develop enlarged genitals, and exhibit aggressive behavior and sexual desire, and pubic hair growth. Contact also has been shown to cause bones to mature more quickly, so children may stop growing sooner than expected.
Secondary exposure can cause hair growth and acne in women. Women who are pregnant and breastfeeding should avoid contact with topical low T treatments because it could cause birth defects or harm the baby. In addition to topical gels, low T treatments also can be administered orally, by patch, or through injection.
According to Mayo Clinic, testosterone therapy also can cause:
- Non-cancerous prostate growth, or growth of existing prostate cancer
- Sleep apnea
- Acne and rashes
- Limited sperm production
- Shrinking testicles
- Enlarged breasts
Clearly, many dangerous side effects are associated with testosterone therapy or low T treatments. Consumers were not aware of some of the dangers of using testosterone therapy until the FDA required additional warning labels, and doctors prescribed many men testosterone to combat aging, which is not the treatment’s intended purpose.
If you experienced any negative side effects from testosterone therapy, you may be able to recover compensation in a product liability lawsuit.
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Low T Lawsuits
If you or a loved used testosterone therapy and has suffered a heart attack, stroke, blood clot, or other health condition, a Los Angeles low T lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you file a defective drug claim.
You may be able to sue for damages, including:
- Medical bills: this may include doctor visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, physical therapy, ongoing treatments, and any other medical costs from your injury or illness.
- Pain and suffering: your illness or injury may entitle you to seek compensation for physical pain, anxiety, stress, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish.
- Lost wages: you may be awarded damages for lost income. This may include future lost wages or permanent disability payments if you are unable to work in the same capacity as before your illness or injury.
- Wrongful death: if your loved one died because of an illness or injury caused by testosterone therapy, you may be able to seek damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. This can include compensation for funeral and burial costs, loss of protection, loss of consortium, and more.
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Pintas & Mullins Law Firm believes that people and companies who harm others should be held accountable for their wrongdoing. We are not afraid to hold negligent parties responsible, whether that is a single individual or a giant pharmaceutical company.
A Los Angeles low T lawyer from our firm can help you get started on your case and gather evidence to support your claim, like medical records and expert testimony, when we represent you. We can help you identify awards you may be owed, and we will work to defend your rights at every stage of the process. We can take care of the legal burden so you can focus on recovering from your illness or injury.
Our team works on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you pay nothing upfront or out of pocket for our services. You do not pay us attorney’s fees unless and until you recover compensation in a settlement offer or court awards.
To learn more about how we can help with your low T defective drug lawsuit, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444.