Arkansas Testosterone Lawsuit
On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would be investigating the risk of heart attack, stroke and death in men taking testosterone therapy treatments after two separate studies suggested an increased risk of cardiovascular complications in men taking prescribed testosterone medications. These products are intended to help increase the man’s level of testosterone, a hormone responsible for maintaining fat distribution, bone density, sex drive, red blood cell and sperm production and muscle mass and strength. While many have taken them with little or no complications, others are filing lawsuits against drug makers after allegedly suffering from adverse and life-threatening conditions.
If you have been injured or feel as though you have a valid Arkansas testosterone lawsuit, contact Attorney Group for Arkansas today to learn more about your legal rights. Those who have experienced complications and adverse side effects may be eligible to recover damages for their condition.
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Testosterone therapy is prescribed for men to help fight against the natural decline in testosterone as they grow older. This type of therapy, also known as “low T,” is specifically approved for the treatment of hypogonadism, a condition in which a male suffers from abnormally low testosterone levels. According to reports, in 2011 alone, more than five million prescriptions for testosterone were written for men in the U.S., and the therapy is most often administered as a patch, gel or injection. You may consider filing an Arkansas testosterone lawsuit against the drug maker if you experienced serious side effects after using one of the following products:
What are the Side Effects of Testosterone Therapy?
Recent studies have suggested that men may be at an increased risk of stroke, heart attack or wrongful death if they use testosterone therapy treatments. It appears as though many of the complications that have been experienced due to these products may have been avoided if the drug makers had taken the initiative to properly disclose the cardiovascular risks to both the medical community and consumers prior to releasing them.
Side effects of testosterone therapy products include:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Breast tenderness
- Abdominal pain
- Liver damage
- Mental or mood changes
- Difficulty urinating
- Frequent or bothersome erections
- Heart attack
Research has also suggested that men with previous cardiovascular conditions or those who are suffering from obesity, plaque buildup, artery blockage, diabetes or high cholesterol may be at an increased risk for strokes and heart attacks and may be more likely to die from cardiovascular complications.
Why are Plaintiffs Filing Lawsuits?
Although testosterone therapies are recommended for those who have been clinically diagnosed with an androgen deficiency as evident by low testosterone levels and consistent symptoms, several drug makers have allegedly conducted aggressive direct-to-consumer advertising methods in which the companies encourage men to seek treatment for “low T,” knowing that the risks may outweigh the benefits for many individuals.
According to allegations that may be raised in Arkansas testosterone lawsuits and in other claims across the U.S., the manufacturers of these medications placed their desire for profits ahead of the health and safety of consumers by:
- Withholding information from the medical community and consumers about the possible heart risk of testosterone treatments.
- Recklessly marketing testosterone treatments in direct-to-consumer advertisements that urge otherwise healthy men to seek prescription medications if they are experiencing general symptoms such as decreased sex drive, weight gain, lack of energy and other natural occurrences experienced by men as they age.
- Failing to adequately research the risk of heart attack or stroke from testosterone therapy, particularly among patients with blocked arteries, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and other prior heart issues.
If you have been injured, you may consider seeking legal counsel to learn more about your rights and learning if you could seek compensation for your injuries. You may be eligible to recover damages for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical expenses.
File your Arkansas Testosterone Lawsuit Today
You may be eligible to file an Arkansas testosterone lawsuit if you took a testosterone treatment medication or product and subsequently suffered a heart attack, stroke or other adverse health complication. Contact Attorney Group for Arkansas today to learn more about your legal rights and to receive a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We will help you to determine if you have a valid claim and connect you with an affiliated attorney who will handle your Arkansas testosterone lawsuit in an effort to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.
For more information, see our Testosterone Replacement Therapy Info Page