Last month, a Judicial Executive Committee was created to centralize at least 30 of the currently pending lawsuits that allege that testosterone caused heart attacks, strokes, and other injuries. The consolidated cases are pending before U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly in the Northern District of Illinois.
In addition to the lawsuits, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced earlier this year that it is reviewing testosterone therapy products in connection with various health and safety issues, and the health advocacy group Public Citizen has called on the FDA to require black box warnings about heart attack and stroke risks to be included on the labels of testosterone products. The black box warning – the strongest warning that can be required of product manufacturers – alerts consumers that a product has a high risk of causing adverse health conditions, including medical conditions that can be fatal.
“Unless the FDA immediately begins to provide strong, adequate black-boxed warnings about the risks of heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases, the continuing toll of heart attacks, many in people who are not even candidates for testosterone, will continue,” representatives of Public Citizen said in a press release. “At the present rate of prescribing, almost 13,000 prescriptions a day are filled for testosterone products in this country. Each day of delay of the black box warning ensures much more exposure, too often for men who cannot benefit from the drug but will only be exposed to its risks.”
Given that more than five million prescriptions for testosterone replacement therapy were filled in the U.S. in 2013, the dangers of testosterone are significant and widespread. Although the dangers of testosterone have been alluded to for years, a recent study found 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. The study also found a nearly threefold increase in heart attack risk among men under 65 with a history of heart disease who took testosterone. In addition to risk of stroke and heart attack, testosterone therapy has a number of other side effects, including:
- 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-causing products. If you have suffered testosterone side effects, you may be able to recover money damages for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. Additionally, doctors who negligently and unnecessarily prescribe testosterone replacement therapy could be liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
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.