Alabama Testosterone Lawsuit
Attorney Group for Alabama is currently investigating potential Alabama testosterone lawsuits on behalf of men who used AndroGel or other testosterone treatments and suffered from strokes, heart attacks or other serious medical complications. “Low T” treatments, which are available as pellets, patches, gels and injections, have recently been linked to an increased risk of cardiac complications in middle-aged and older men with a history of cardiac disease. Plaintiffs are filing lawsuits against several drug makers, alleging that the manufacturers had a duty to warn consumers of the risk of stroke and heart attack but neglected to provide any warning of these side effects in their advertising materials or on the labels of the products.
If you or someone you love has suffered from a pulmonary embolism, stroke, heart attack or other adverse side effect while using a testosterone therapy medication, Attorney Group for Alabama can help you to determine if you have a valid claim and connect you with an Alabama testosterone attorney.
FDA Investigating Testosterone Therapy Risks
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on January 31, 2014 that it would be investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men using prescription testosterone medications. The agency made the announcement after it had reviewed a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association as well as a study conducted at the National Cancer Institute. The FDA recommended that, while patients should not stop using testosterone treatments without first talking with their healthcare providers, doctors should consider whether the benefits of these therapies outweigh its risks. The FDA acknowledged that it would release its conclusions on the products after it has had the opportunity to evaluate the data.
The FDA has received reports of complications from patients taking testosterone treatment products including nausea, vomiting, jaundice and headache. Additionally, patients may consider filing an Alabama testosterone lawsuit if they have experienced one or more of the following complications:
- Trouble urinating
- Erections that are prolonged or more frequent
- Excess water retention
- Liver disease
- Abdominal pain
- Mood changes including anxiety or depression
The studies to which the FDA referred in its notification concluded that several testosterone therapy treatments can increase a man’s risk of suffering from stroke, heart attack or death if he is living with one or more of the following conditions:
- Artery blockage
- Plaque buildup
- High cholesterol
Additionally, although testosterone therapies have been effective in helping men who are truly suffering with low testosterone levels, men with sleep apnea, high blood counts, congestive heart failure, benign prostatic hypertrophy and prostate cancer should exercise caution when using these medications as the products may worsen their health conditions.
There are 10 well-known testosterone therapies that are coming to light as potentially unsafe as they may cause serious and life-threatening health conditions in some patients:
How Can a Lawsuit Help?
By filing a lawsuit, men who were injured while using testosterone therapies may be able to recover compensation for non-economic and economic losses including compensation for lost income, medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Most recently, five AndroGel lawsuits were filed against Abbvie Inc. and Abbott Laboratories, Inc. in Illinois federal court on February 4, 2014. Plaintiffs allege that the two drug makers withheld valuable information pertaining to the side effects and dangers of their products, placing countless patients at risk for developing serious and life-threatening complications.
Other allegations in pending lawsuits include claims that the drug makers:
- Failed to adequately investigate the dangers of their products.
- Failed to warn consumers and physicians of the risks of their medications.
- Did not thoroughly research the link between their products and men with predetermined cardiac complications such as blocked arteries, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.
- Aggressively marketed their products to men who may not have been suffering from low testosterone in an effort to increase sales by bringing to light symptoms of the condition such as fatigue, low sex drive and weight gain. These symptoms may have also occurred due to the body’s natural aging process and do not necessarily indicate low testosterone levels.
Have Questions? Contact Us Today
Men who have been injured or suffered from adverse side effects while taking testosterone therapy medications are urged to seek legal counsel to help determine whether they are eligible to file an Alabama testosterone lawsuit. At Attorney Group for Alabama, we will help answer your questions and help you to determine if you are eligible to recover damages for your condition. Should we feel that you have a valid claim, we will connect you with an affiliated attorney who will handle your Alabama testosterone lawsuit and help you to seek the compensation to which you may be allowed. Contact us today for your free consultation.