A federal panel of judges has consolidated AndroGel testosterone lawsuits into a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
A June 6th, 2014 decision was made to include hormonal (testosterone or Low T) treatments that are alleged to cause serious or life-threatening cardiovascular injuries. A majority of these lawsuits are levied against AbbVie Inc. and Abbott Laboratories for injuries caused by AndroGel. AndroGel is just one of several Low T treatments that have come under increasing scrutiny and investigation for their alleged connection to increased risk of cardiovascular damage.
The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released an alert on January 31, 2014, stating they would investigate further after studies emerged linking hormonal treatments to increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, and death in men with preexisting heart conditions.
The AndroGel testosterone lawsuits are expected to grow as consumers become more aware of the circumstances surrounding Low T treatments. The establishment of a centralized location for AndroGel testosterone lawsuits creates a unified approach and greater efficiency for everyone involved. Cases can be evaluated with greater consistency and less expense for the participants.
Why Are There AndroGel Testosterone Lawsuits?
Allegations in lawsuits state that Low T treatments were improperly marketed, and that marketing most likely helped create a greater demand for the product. Hormonal treatments are meant to treat specific medical problems like hypogonadism- a reduction of testosterone. However, these treatments are often marketed as a “fountain of youth” product to help replace the natural reduction of testosterone as a man ages.
The number of men undergoing low testosterone therapy has increased significantly since 2000. The increase in numbers has reportedly caused investigative entities to suspect that Low T treatments may be connected to other serious health problems. Several studies now correlate that belief.
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If you or a loved one has been negatively affected by a Low T treatment, you may have the grounds to pursue compensation for damages. Serious side effects like heart attack, stroke, and death have been shown to occur in men, especially those already at high risk or with a preexisting condition.
The creation of a MDL from AndroGel testosterone lawsuits can result in greater efficiency for those filing a lawsuit. Seek legal counsel today to get your questions answered. Contact Attorney Group to learn more about your options and be connected with an affiliated attorney, all at no cost to you.