Lawyers Reviewing Testosterone Patch Lawsuits
The Androderm lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits for men throughout the United States who suffered serious heart injuries that may have been caused by the popular testosterone patch.
AndroDerm was one of the first testosterone treatments approved by the FDA, which delivers the testosterone supplements through a patch worn on the skin. Recent studies suggest that AndroDerm patch side effects may cause certain men to face an increased risk of:
- Heart Attack
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Sudden Death
Financial compensation may be available through an AndroDerm testosterone patch lawsuit as a result of the manufacturer’s failure to adequately warn men or the medical community about the potential risks. To review a potential injury case or wrongful death lawsuit for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
AndroDerm Testosterone Patch Problems
AndroDerm was first introduced in 1995, and then reintroduced in a stronger concentration in 2011 by Actavis.
The once-daily testosterone patch is available in 2mg or 4mg doses of testosterone, and is approved for use among men with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone, including primary hypogonadism and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism.
Actavis has aggressively marketed AndroGel, suggesting that the testosterone patch treatment is safe and effective.
Through marketing campaigns that feature slogans like “Think Beyond the Gel” and “The Patch is Where It’s At,” Actavis has suggested that the testosterone patch is safer than testosterone gel products, such as AndroGel, which is currently the best selling testosterone replacement therapy.
AndroDerm advertisements have suggested that it is superior to gel products, which are dispensed in a spray pump that could provide inaccurate doses. In addition, testosterone gel side effects may pose a risk for children and women, who may suffer adverse health problems from testosterone if they come into contact with the gel.
Unfortunately, a number of recent studies have suggested that men face a serious risk of heart problems from AndroDerm and all other testosterone products.
AndroDerm Heart Attack, Stroke and Death
Testosterone is a key male sexual hormone, which contributes to proper sexual function, libido, energy levels and is generally synonymous with youthful vigor and virality.
While it is natural for testosterone levels to decrease as all men age, testosterone replacement therapy like the AndroDerm patch were introduced to treat clinically diagnosed androgen deficiency among men with symptoms and unequivocally low testosterone levels. However, a number of men have been exposed to to serious heart risks from Androderm testosterone patch when the treatment may have been medically unnecessary.
As a result of the manufacturer’s failure to adequately research the potential risk of AndroDerm heart attacks and strokes among certain men, the testosterone patch has been prescribed to many men for lifestyle reasons, such as to increase energy levels, boost sex drive and avoid weight gain. However, serious questions have been raised by recent studies that suggest the cardiovascular risks from testosterone are much more serious than previously believed.
In November 2013, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that men who received testosterone treatments following a coronary angiography had a 29% higher rate of death, stroke and heart attacks, when compared to men who did not receive the androgen therapy. The study looked at data on 8,700 veterans with low testosterone, including 1,223 who used a testosterone patch, gel or injection. The rate of adverse cardiac events among testosterone users was 25.7%, compared to 19.9% among men of similar age and prior health conditions who were not given the patch, gel or injection.
A follow up study published in the medical journal PLoS One in January 2014 provided additional information about the potential link between heart attacks and testosterone patch treatment. A review of data involving 55,593 men who received a testosterone prescription between 2006 and 2010 found that certain men may face double the risk of heart attack, including men under the age of 65 with a prior diagnosis of heart disease and men over the age of 65, regardless of any prior heart problems.
Testosterone Patch Lawyers for AndroDerm Injuries
The testosterone injury lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential AndroDerm class action lawsuits, as well as individual injury claims for men who received the testosterone patch and suffered a:
- Heart Attack
- Sudden Death
Although information has been available to the drug makers about the potential side effects of AndroDerm testosterone, inadequate research and studies have been conducted to evaluate the potential risk for consumers.
As a result of the failure to properly disclose the risk of AndroDerm heart attacks and strokes, former users of the testosterone patch maybe entitled to financial compensation. In addition, family members of individuals who have died from a heart attack or stroke may be eligible for benefits through an AndroDerm wrongful death lawsuit.
All testosterone patch cases are handled by the attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to hire our law firm. There are no attorney fees or expenses unless we are successful obtaining a recovery for an injury from the AndroDerm testosterone patch.