Our testosterone lawyers are now reviewing potential lawsuits for men who were injured after undergoing testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). In recent years, TRT has been linked to serious side effects including heart attack, stroke, blood clot, pulmonary embolism, and death. Yet despite these known health risks, testosterone supplements are being prescribed in record numbers, with nearly 3% of American men over the age of 40 currently receiving treatment.
Free Testosterone Lawyer Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
Testosterone Lawyers Investigating Lawsuits for Heart Attack, Stroke, Death
While the testosterone supplement market was once a fairly limited industry, most often prescribed to men who had been clinically diagnosed with hormone deficiencies, there has been an explosion in the use of TRT products over the past several years. Testosterone is now aggressively marketed direct to consumers as a “lifestyle” medication; however, the manufacturers have failed to adequately warn the public and medical communities about the risk of severe, potentially fatal health complications that may come with use of testosterone replacement therapy.
Questionable Benefits From ‘Low T’ Treatment
Between 2000 and 2011, use of testosterone supplements increased 5-fold, with 5.3 million prescriptions filled in 2011, and sales expected to surpass $5 billion within the next five years. However, recent studies have suggested that the vast majority of these prescriptions are not needed, and serve little if any tangible medical benefit.
The remarkable growth in use of TRT supplements can be largely attributed to the advertising of AndroGel, and the manufacturer’s use of the term “Low T”. Advertisements for AndroGel encourage men to take the “Low T Quiz”, which describes generalized symptoms that all men experience at one time or another, such as:
- decreased energy
- lack of sex drive
- weight gain
The advertisements go on to encourage men to seek testing for their testosterone levels, capitalizing on the desire to better their quality of life. However, the Endocrine Society has advised against screening the general population, since testosterone levels fluctuate widely on a day-to-day basis.
Testosterone Supplements & Cardiovascular Side Effects
Amid concerns about the questionable marketing tactics of some TRT manufacturers, recent studies have indicated that some users may face an increased risk of serious side effects. In November 2013, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) determined that veterans with Low T who underwent a coronary angiography suffered a nearly 30% increased rate of heart attack, stroke and death if they used testosterone boosters.
An editorial published in the same JAMA issue by an endocrinologist with Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, discussed how the mounting evidence of adverse health consequences with TRT warrants caution in prescribing the medications.
In January 2014, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism raises additional concerns, suggesting that many testosterone users have normal testosterone levels and do not meet standardized treatment guidelines, especially in the U.S. Although guidelines advise that men should only be prescribed testosterone if they have a documented history of symptoms and a doctor that has no doubt about the patient’s T levels, many men are issued prescriptions after a single test, or even when levels are found to be normal.
Do I Need a Testosterone Lawyer?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in testosterone lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new testosterone supplement injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Testosterone Lawyer Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.