As we have reported, testosterone lawsuits continue to mount against the makers of various testosterone supplements, but one testosterone manufacturer is asking to be excluded from the fray.
Last month a motion was filed seeking to consolidate federal lawsuits alleging that testosterone caused heart attacks, strokes, and other injuries before U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly in the Northern District of Illinois. Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Testim and Testopel, is opposing the motion by several testosterone replacement drug manufacturers to centralize the lawsuits in industry-wide multidistrict litigation (MDL).
MDL is typically used when several lawsuits are pending with similar allegations so that the discovery process can be streamlined. Most of the lawsuits already filed involve the use of Androgel, which is also the market leader for testosterone replacement therapy at a 60% market share. Other defendants include the makers of AndroDerm, Axiron, Foresta, Depo-Testosterone and other low-testosterone drugs. To date, Auxilium’s products – Testim and Testopel – have been named in seven federal lawsuits.
In addition to the motion seeking to consolidate all federal testosterone lawsuits, another group of plaintiffs asked to consolidate only the federal AndroGel lawsuits. In response to these motions, Auxilium argued that it should not be part of the MDL because it is named in only seven of the more than 85 lawsuits filed to date. Other testosterone replacement manufacturers are arguing, however, that MDL is appropriate for all manufacturers.
More Lawsuits Expected to Be Filed
Given the health risks linked to testosterone, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating the safety of testosterone products, and consumer advocates are calling on the FDA to require black box warnings about heart attack and stroke risks to be included on the labels of testosterone products.
The dangers of testosterone had been alluded to for years, but in light of a recent study finding that the risk of heart attacks among men 65 and older during the first three months of using testosterone was twice the risk seen in the year before use, numerous additional lawsuits are expected to be filed (some estimate hundreds or thousands state and federal claims could be filed).
In addition to risk of heart attack, testosterone therapy has a number of other side effects, including:
- Increased risk of stroke
- Acne and oily skin
- Lower sperm count (which can cause infertility)
- Higher red blood cell count (which can increase risk of heart attack and stroke)
- Shrinkage of the testicles
- Larger breasts
- Worsening of urinary symptoms
- Increased male pattern baldness
Contact a Testosterone Lawsuit Lawyer
Manufacturers of unsafe pharmaceuticals, including testosterone gels and other forms of testosterone therapy, can be held accountable for their injury-inducing products. If you have suffered testosterone side effects, you may be able to recover money damages for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress.
The Chicago testosterone attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC are committed to protecting the victims of unsafe pharmaceuticals, such as testosterone replacement therapy. We have considerable experience representing clients in a wide variety of personal injury and product liability lawsuits, including class actions lawsuits based on unsafe pharmaceutical drugs. If you have suffered serious testosterone side effects, contact the skilled Chicago unsafe pharmaceutical drug law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to discuss a possible testosterone lawsuit.