When you take a medication prescribed by your doctor, you expect it to be safe. You expect it to treat or cure the illness that you are suffering from—not make things worse.
That’s why it’s so devastating to be harmed by a medication. Not only are you dealing with the original injury or illness, but now you also have to handle a new ailment. Your pain and suffering only increases, and it is frightening and difficult experience.
If you’ve taken AndroGel, or other low-testosterone treatments and experienced serious side effects, you’re not alone.
AndroGel and other low-testosterone treatment gels contain testosterone and are prescribed to treat men with testosterone deficiencies, or “Low-T.” Typically, the drug is marketed and prescribed to younger men seeking an “edge” to physical enhancement and older men wishing to counter the physical signs of aging due to a drop in the body’s testosterone levels following hormonal changes in aging men. Unfortunately, many people like you may have been harmed by this drug, or similar Low-T drugs, as a result of pharmaceutical company AbbVie’s (manufacturer of AndroGel; parent company Abbot Laboratories) aggressive marking campaign that touted dubious claims of positive physical enhancement while deliberately failing to inform consumers of its potentially harmful side effects.
In January 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was launching “an investigation concerning the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products” including AndroGel. As of June 2014, forty-four (44) federal lawsuits involving low-T therapy drugs were moved to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois as part of a wave of multidistrict lawsuits.
Currently, AndroGel contains a black-box warning for secondary exposure to women and children; specifically warning that women and children who are exposed to AndroGel may suffer from enlargement of the genitals, early-onset puberty in children, increased libido, aggressive behavior, advanced bone age in children and increased acne and body hair in women. However, despite the increased risk to men of cardiovascular problems like heart attack, stroke, prostate cancer, reduced sperm count, gynecomastia (male breasts) and high cholesterol, there is currently no black-box warning alerting male users of the significant risks of serious or even life-threatening adverse side effects associated with the use of AndroGel.
If you, or your loved one, was prescribed AndroGel or another Low-T therapy drug and suffered a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, or other serious or life-threatening side effect please call us today. During your free consultation, we’ll let you know all of your options and give you the guidance you need.
The Huntsville, AL personal injury and product liability lawyers at Martinson & Beason want to help you get justice for your pain and suffering. Your claim could compensate you for your hospital bills, surgical expenses, emotional trauma, and other losses.