Alabama Testosterone Attorney
Testosterone replacement therapy treats men who, due to age or disease, do not produce sufficient amounts of the testosterone hormone that controls male sexual and reproductive development. Without testosterone or with lower than normal levels, the result may be diminished sex drive, decreased bone density, and loss of muscle mass. This is a common medical condition, especially among aging men, but the prospect of renewed sexual health and physical strength has created a near-billion-dollar industry in the twenty-first century. It has also created a growing number of lawsuits throughout the United States, including in Alabama. Allegations inadequate warnings by the drug manufacturers, as well as increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and/or other cardiovascular complications, such as plaque buildup, high cholesterol, and artery blockage.
Testosterone therapy is usually applied as a patch, gel, or injection and contains one of these products:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which had earlier approved the use of these products, announced its investigation of testosterone replacement drugs in January 2014. This followed the results of earlier studies of such treatments on men both over and below the age of 65. In a study published in JAMA in 2013, men who did not take testosterone therapy were found to have a 19.9% chance of stroke or heart attack, compared to a 25.76% chance for those who did. In a Plos One study, medical records of 55,593 men on testosterone therapy, the majority under age 65, were studied. The under-65 group showed a twofold increase in risk of heart attack shortly after beginning therapy, and the twofold increase was confirmed in men over 65. Other studies both here and abroad also showed probable cardiovascular risks with these products. In addition to prompting its own investigation, these studies have caused the FDA to caution health care professionals about possible risk with this kind of treatment.
The findings of such studies in addition to the FDA’s warning have resulted in lawsuits against testosterone therapy in the United States. In cities such as Auburn, Dothan, and Mobile, Alabama, for instance, an Alabama testosterone attorney is examining claims of men injured while using testosterone replacement therapy. Lawsuits claim that the men who used these drugs were not given adequate warning of a possibly higher risk of stroke or heart attack; in other words, the lawsuits claim deceit by the companies who manufacture the products.
If you have had or are undergoing testosterone replace therapy in Alabama, and have had any side effects beyond redness or itching at the application site, no matter how slight, contact an Alabama testosterone attorney immediately. You may be due compensation for any injury you have suffered from this therapy. Do not delay, as there are statutes of limitations on some of these lawsuits. You should not be denied if you have been the victim of injuries resulting from testosterone therapy. Call Attorney Group for Alabama today.