Low Testosterone (Low T) Lawsuit
Keller & Keller is currently evaluating potential testosterone lawsuits on behalf of men who have experienced a heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or death while taking prescription strength low testosterone drugs.
What is Low Testosterone Therapy?
“Low T” is a diagnosis given to men who are shown to be experiencing a deficit of the body’s naturally occurring hormone known as testosterone.
Typically, most doctors will prescribe men one of several testosterone drugs after the patient reports experiencing symptoms and/or conditions that include:
- Decreased sex drive
- Lack of energy
- Muscle weakness
- Decrease in bone density
In an effort to remedy these problems, pharmaceutical companies have developed and aggressively marketed several drugs and treatment types for the purpose of replenishing testosterone in men whose levels are currently minimal or non-existent.
Prescribed treatments are administered in one of four ways, including a topical gel; an adhesive patch; an oral pill; or the most common of the three, a series of injections.
What are the Dangers of Low Testosterone Therapy?
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a testosterone study near the end of 2013 that showed evidence indicating low testosterone treatments carry an elevated risk of causing strokes, heart attacks, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms, and/or death.
Specifically, the study found that men taking prescribed testosterone supplements had a 30% higher chance of suffering from serious heart issues that could have fatal consequences.
In addition to the JAMA findings, a PLOS ONE testosterone study was also able to produce evidence that men over 65 undergoing low testosterone treatments were twice as likely to suffer a serious heart-related event, while men under 65 with previous heart conditions had three times the risk of suffering from another serious event.
Shortly after the JAMA and PLOS ONE findings, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) said the evidence that had been produced warranted their investigating the claims of increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death related to testosterone supplements.
The result of the FDA’s announcement has led to an increased number of low testosterone lawsuits being filed against various drug manufacturers.
Which Low Testosterone Drugs Have Risks?
The brand names of popular drugs used to treat low testosterone which we are currently investigating include:
Androgel is an Abbvie/Abbot drug and is one of the most commonly prescribed testosterone supplements. It is a gel therapy that the patient applies onto their shoulder or upper arm.
Androgel is currently prescribed in two different strengths: 1% and 1.62%.
We are currently investigating possible testosterone lawsuits for men that have used either concentration level and have suffered from blood clots (pulmonary embolism), heart attack, or death.
Androderm is a Watson drug that is also very popular among patients. This form of testosterone therapy is applied via a patch that is adhered to the man’s back, abdomen, upper arms, or thighs.
Androderm is currently prescribed in two different strengths: 2 mg and 4 mg.
We are currently evaluating potential lawsuits for patients that have suffered serious injury from use of either concentration level.
Depo-Testosterone is a Pfizer drug that is administered by injection. Men who have undergone injections typically receive shots every 2 to 4 weeks.
Depo-Testosterone is currently available to patients in two different strengths: 100 mg and 200 mg.
Fortesta is manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals and is a gel therapy that is applied to the inner area of both thighs by way of a pump-bottle applicator.
According to Endo’s product site, Fortesta is available in a 2% concentration level, with two pumps of the drug from its applicator containing 20 mg of testosterone.
Axiron is a Lilly drug that is manufactured as a topical solution. The solution comes in a pump bottle and men are directed to pump the testosterone supplement into an applicator cup and then applying it to the underarm area.
Axiron’s starting dose is 60 mg (one pump of 30 mg applied to each underarm), but can be decreased to 30 mg (one pump), or increased to 90 mg (three pumps), depending on the direction of the patient’s blood test results and advice from their doctor.
Striant is a Columbia Laboratories drug manufactured as a testosterone buccal system, meaning the patient is instructed to apply the gel therapy twice daily, morning and evening, to their upper gum above the incisor tooth on either side of their mouth.
Striant prescription strength is 30 mg of testosterone and is dispensed in 6 blister packs, with 10 buccal systems per blister.
Android is a testosterone therapy that is manufactured in a pill format. Patients may be instructed by their doctor to take the Android pill from 1 to 4 times per day, depending on the prescribed dosage amount.
Each capsule of Android contains 10 mg of testosterone.
Testim is an Auxilium drug manufactured as a gel testosterone therapy. Patients are instructed to only apply the Testim gel to the upper arm and shoulder area.
According to the Testim product site, each tube of the medication provides a patient with 50 mg of testosterone per tube. The level of a patient’s dosage is determined by their doctor.
* Other well-known testosterone drugs that we are currently evaluating which can possibly cause heart attack, blood clots, stroke, or death, include Testopel, Bio-T-Gel, Delatestryl, as well as several generic brands of testosterone supplements.
Low Testosterone Therapy Lawyers
Keller & Keller’s team of low testosterone therapy lawyers are currently offering men who have suffered stroke, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis, or pulmonary embolism our ZERO FEE GUARANTEE.
This means that you will never pay for a legal consultation or be asked to pay for any investigative fees while the case is ongoing. The only way our lawyers are paid is if they are able to make a recovery on your behalf.
The families acting on behalf of men who have died as a result of these injuries may also be entitled to financial recovery by filing a low testosterone wrongful death lawsuit.