The safety of popular “low-T” treatments has come under scrutiny after two studies linked the products to increased rates of heart attack, stroke and death. One study, published in November 2013, found that men using testosterone therapies were 30 percent more likely to suffer from life-threatening cardiac events when compared to those not being treated for “low-T.” Another study, published in January 2014, found that middle-aged men with a history of heart disease and men ages 65 and older who were treated for “low T” with a prescription product were twice as likely to suffer heart attacks. Shortly after the studies were made public, the FDA announced it would be investigating the safety of prescription testosterone products, including:
Just days after the FDA’s announcement, several men filed lawsuits against Abbott Laboratories, Inc. claiming they suffered heart attacks, strokes or mini-strokes after using AndroGel, a popular prescription testosterone gel. In addition to claiming they suffered serious health effects, the men also allege the market for low testosterone medications was “previously nonexistent” and that Abbot convinced millions of men they were suffering from “low T” through a massive marketing campaign, which ultimately made the company more than $1 billion in AndroGel sales.
Did you suffer a heart attack, stroke or other serious side effect after using AndroGel or another prescription testosterone therapy? If so, you may be able to sue the product’s maker and recover compensation for your injuries. To learn more about the legal options that may be available to you, fill out the free case review form on this page.