Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Proffitt & Cox is investigating potential legal claims for men who have suffered a heart attack, stroke or death while using prescription testosterone products. The FDA issued an alert on Jan. 31, 2014, stating that it was investigating the risk of stroke, myocardial infarct (heart attack), and sudden death in men taking testosterone replacement products approved by the FDA following the publication of two recent studies that suggest an increased risk of cardiovascular events among men taking prescribed testosterone therapy.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone replacement therapy is marketed and FDA approved for the treatment of low testosterone, or “low T.” Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles that maintains bone density, muscle strength, muscle mass and sexual desire. Men naturally lose testosterone as they age.
Contact a Low T Lawsuit Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered a myocardial infarct (heart attack), stroke or death while using prescription testosterone products, please contact Proffitt & Cox pharmaceutical attorneys Ron Cox or David Proffitt by email or call (803) 834-7079 to discuss your potential “low T” testosterone replacement therapy lawsuit.
How and Why is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Used?
Testosterone replacement therapy is prescribed for men to combat the natural decrease in testosterone as they get older. Testosterone replacement therapy is FDA approved specifically for the treatment of abnormally low testosterone levels, a condition commonly called “low T.” The hormone helps reduce body fat, increase muscle, and improve sex drive. According to media reports more than 5 million prescriptions for testosterone were written annually over the last several years in the United States. Testosterone replacement therapy is most often administered as a gel, patch or injection. Below is a list of some of the leading brands of testosterone replacement therapy:
- AndroGel – Manufactured by AbbVie
- AndroDerm – Manufactured by Actavis
- Axiron – Manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company
- Bio-T-Gel – Manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals
- Fortesta – Manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals
- Striant – Manufactured by Columbia Laboratories
- Testim – Manufactured by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals
- Testopel – Manufactured by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals
- Delatestryl – Manufactured by Indevus Pharmaceuticals
- Depo-Testosterone – Manufactured by Pharmacia & Upjohn Company
Studies Discuss Side Effects and Dangers of Testosterone Replacement Drugs
Recent published medical studies have linked prescription testosterone use with the increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and even death.
In a 2014 study conducted by researchers from UCLA and the U.S. National Cancer Institute, the study results found a doubling of the risk of heart attacks in men 65 and older in the 90 days following the first prescription. The same study also showed increased risks for men younger than 65 who had pre-existing cardiovascular disease. The younger group had a two- to three-fold increased risk of heart attack in the 90 days after testosterone replacement drugs were first prescription.
A November 2013 medical study, conducted on older men who received healthcare through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, many of whom had pre-existing cardiovascular disease, showed a 30 percent increased risk of death, thrombotic stroke, and myocardial infarct (heart attack) in the group of men that had been prescribed testosterone therapy drugs. The study findings were reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Proffitt & Cox is currently investigating potential legal claims for the family of men who died or claims for men who suffered non-fatal heart attacks or strokes while taking prescription testosterone therapy. If you or friend or family members has been injured while taking testosterone replacement therapy, please contact one of our low T lawsuit lawyers.