Lawsuits for Testosterone Injection Side Effects
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits for men throughout the United States who may have suffered severe and potentially life-threatening health problems from Depo-Testosterone, Delatestryl and other testosterone replacement therapy.
Recent research suggests that potential side effects of testosterone injections and other similar treatments may increase the risk of certain men suffering a:
- Heart Attack
- Wrongful Death
Financial compensation may be available through a testosterone injection lawsuit as a result of the drug manufacturers’ failure to adequately research the medication or provide warnings for consumers and the medical community about the potential cariovascular risks associated with the testosterone shots.
To review a potential testosterone injury case for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Testosterone Injection Heart Problems
Use of testosterone therapy has increased five fold from 2000 to 2011, amid aggressive marketing that promotes these treatments for “lifestyle” purposes among men experiencing decreased energy, diminished sex drive, weight gain and other symptoms that may be associated with “Low T”.
Testosterone injections are available under various brand names, including:
- Delatestryl (testosterone enanthate)
- Depo-Testosterone (testosterone cypionate)
- generic testosterone shots
While testosterone treatments were originally considered a “niche” medication, approved for men suffering from hormonal deficiencies, the medications have been widely used among men who may not have a real medical need for testosterone replacement.
Some research suggests that up to 25% of new testosterone prescriptions among men over the age of 40 are given without first having testosterone levels measured.
Many doctors recommend tesosterone booster shots as an alternative to tesosterone gel or the testosterone patch.
Androgel and other spray gel testosterone treatments have been linked to a risk problems with secondary exposure for children and women. In addition, application of the products have raised concerns for some men. As a result, a large number of men receiving testosterone replacement therapy are given injections or shots by their doctors.
Despite aggressive marketing and growing sales over the past decade, the manufacturers have failed to adequately research the potential risk of testosterone injection side effects, and recent studies suggest that men may face an increased rate of heart attacks, strokes and death from testosterone treatments.
Side Effects of Testosterone Shots
It appears that the pharmaceutical industry knew or should have known for years about the potential link between heart attacks and testosterone shots, injections and other treatments. However, information may have been withheld from consumers and the medical community.
In 2009, a study involving the use of testosterone treatments among 209 older men with a prevalence of heart disease was abrutly halted after researchers noted a spike in heart attacks among testosterone users.
Concerns about the potential risk of cardiovascular events following testosterone shots were further increased by a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in November 2013.
Researchers in that study reviewed data on 8,700 veterans who underwent a coronary angiography and had total testosterone levels below 300 ng/dL, which is considered “Low T”. Among the 1,223 patients who received gels, patches or injections of testosterone, the rate of heart attacks, stroke and death was 29% higher than those men who did not receive treatment for their low testosterone.
In January 2014, the FDA launched an investigation into the potential risk of heart problems from testosterone injections and other treatments following the release of a study published in the medical journal PLoS One.
This study further increased concerns about the risk of heart attacks from testosterone shots. Researchers found that men younger men with a history of heart disease and older men (both with and without a history of heart disease) may be twice as likely to suffer a non-fatal heart attack during the 90 days after being first prescribed testosterone.
The manufacturers of testosterone replacement injections had a duty to research the potential side effects of the treatments, yet appear to have placed their desire for profits before the safety of consumers.
Testosterone Injection Class Action Lawyers
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential testosterone shot class action lawsuits and individual injury claims for men throughout the United States who have suffered a heart attack, stroke or wrongful death while receiving testosterone supplements.
While testosterone injections were marketed as a safer alternative to AndroGel and other testosterone gel treatments, because there is no risk of transferring the medication to women and children, the testosterone shots are not without serious risks.
By failing to disclose information about the link between testosterone injections and cardiovascular events, men were caused to suffer serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
To review whether financial compensation may be available through a testosterone injection lawsuit, request a free consultation and claim evaluation. All cases are reviewed by our law firm under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are no out of pocket expenses to hire a lawyer and there are no attorney fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.