The use of testosterone replacement therapy has increased exponentially in recent years. In fact, the Washington Post reports that the number of men starting testosterone therapy has almost quadrupled in the United States since 2000. But new data has also come to light indicating that the use of testosterone therapy can be dangerous, particularly to men over the age of 65 and men with a history of heart disease.
A new study released published in the Journal of American Medicine last November found that that among men with heart disease and low testosterone levels, the use of testosterone therapy increased the risk of serious problems including heart attack, stroke, and death of nearly 30 percent.
What happens if you are the victim of the dangerous side effects of testosterone or other unsafe pharmaceutical?
While pharmaceuticals, including over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs, are designed to improve a person’s health and/or medical condition, sometimes they can do more harm than good. When a patient is injured as a result of an unsafe pharmaceutical or an adverse drug reaction, the drug manufacturer or doctor may be liable in a product liability or medical malpractice lawsuit.
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and drug manufacturers all have an obligation to ensure that the drugs they are delivering, prescribing, and administering to patients are safe. For example, doctors should inquire about patient allergies, other medications, and pre-existing conditions before prescribing testosterone to a patient in order to ensure that there will not be a drug interaction. Drug makers must make sure that the drugs that they deliver to doctors and patients are safe and effective, with proper warnings given about potential side effects.
In the case of testosterone therapy, the manufacturers of the products could be held accountable for the injuries that their products caused. In fact, lawsuits are already being filed against various manufacturers of testosterone therapy products. If you suffered a stroke, heart attack, or other serious side effect after taking testosterone, you may be able to recover money damages for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress caused by dangerous testosterone side effects.
Oftentimes, injuries caused by unsafe pharmaceuticals are often the subject of class action lawsuits since many patients are often victims of the drugs’ dangerous side effects. In a class action lawsuit, a named representative brings a lawsuit on behalf of similarly-situated plaintiffs. Class action lawsuits can result in cost saving for plaintiffs since the legal costs and discovery expenses are consolidated.
The Illinois pharmaceutical drug attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC have considerable experience representing clients in a wide variety of product liability or medical malpractice lawsuits, including class actions and lawsuits based on unsafe pharmaceutical drugs and adverse drug reactions.
Contact Ankin Law Office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled Chicago unsafe pharmaceutical attorneys to learn more about a possible testosterone lawsuit.