Lawyers Reviewing Testosterone Gel Lawsuits
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential testosterone gel lawsuits for users of Androgel, Testim, Axiron and other topical gel products used for testosterone replacement therapy, which have been linked to a risk of serious and potentially life-threatening cardiovascular problems.
As a result of the manufacturers’ failure to adequately warn consumers and the medical community about the risk of potential testosterone gel side effects, financial compensation may be available for men who suffered a:
- Heart Attack
- Pulmonary Embolism, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Other Blood Clot Injury
- Wrongful Death
To review a potential case for a testosterone gel injury suffered by yourself or a loved one, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Testosterone Gel Problems
Testosterone replacement therapy use has grown dramatically over the past ten years, especially with testosterone gel drugs that have been aggressively marketed by the drug makers through direct-to-consumers advertisements that encourage men to seek treatment for “Low T”, without providing adequate information about the potential risks.
AndroGel is the most widely used testosterone treatment in the United States, which is sold by AbbVie and has generated nearly $1 billion per year in sales. It was originally introduced in 2000 as AndroGel 1%, but has also been marketed since 2011 as AndroGel 1.62%.
Testim was introduced in 2002 as a topical testosterone gel that is applied to the shoulders daily. It was introduced by Auxilium and is also widely used, generating more than $200 million per year in sales.
Axiron is another testosterone gel treatment, which was introduced in 2010 by Eli Lilly. Axiron is applied by spraying the testosterone gel onto your deodorant, then applying to the underarms. It has quickly grown in popularity, generating more than $300 million in sales in 2013.
Other testosterone gel drugs include Foresta and Bio-T Gel, which are lesser used testosterone spray gels, which are applied daily.
All of these gel testosterone treatments are sprayed either directly onto the body or applied to a deodorant-type device that is then rubbed against the body.
Although the manufacturers have marked these products as safe and effective, independent research has found that certain men may face an increased risk of serious heart problems from testosterone gel.
In late 2013 and early 2014, several studies and reports have found that users of testosterone replacement therapy may face an increased risk of cardiovascular events, including:
- Heart Attack
- Blood Clot Injuries
- Sudden Death
Side effects of testosterone gel are also known to carry a potential risk of health problems for women or children who may accidentally come into contact with the medication.
In 2009, warnings were added to AndroGel and other testosterone gel medications that indicate the importance of users making sure that children and women to not come into contact with testosterone gel.
These warnings about testosterone gel problems from secondary exposure came after a number of children suffered serious health complications associated with:
- Premature Signs of Puberty
- Changes to the Genitals
- Increased Libido in Children
- Aggressive Behavior
- Other Hormonal Problems
Testosterone Gel Injury Lawsuit
As a result of aggressive testosterone gel marketing, it is estimated that 2.9% of all men in the U.S. over the age of 40 are receiving testosterone treatments. However, a growing number of experts are now warning that most of these prescriptions are not medically needed and may be exposing men and family members to serious problems.
It appears that the makers of testosterone gel products have recklessly placed their desire for profits before the safety and health of consumers, by failing to adequately research the potential long-term side effects of testosterone, especially among men with cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, blocked arteries, diabetes and other pre-existing heart problems.
Rather than warning men about the potential testosterone gel risks, manufacturers have spent heavily on advertisements designed to encourage otherwise healthy men to seek prescription treatments for “Low T” if they experience any number of general symptoms like lack of energy, decreased sex drive or weight gain.
Problems that are naturally associated with aging were sold as symptoms of a treatable “disease” referred to as “low testosterone”, even though it is perfectly natural for all men to experience a steady drop in testosterone levels as they age.
The testosterone gel lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations and claim evaluations for individuals throughout the United States who have experienced an injury following use of a prescription medication for testosterone replacement therapy.
Financial compensation may be available through an AndroGel lawsuit, Testim lawsuit, Axiron lawsuit or other testosterone treatment lawsuit. All cases are pursued on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no out-of-pocket expenses to hire our law firm and we only receive attorney fees or expenses if a recovery is obtained for problems caused by testosterone gel or another product.