Testosterone Therapy Investigation
The Food and Drug Administration has launched an investigation into the reported side effects of testosterone therapy in men. Research indicates that testosterone therapy may be putting men at agreater risk of heart-related injuries.
Testosterone therapy brands that are being investigated are:
If you or someone you love has taken one of these testosterone therapy drugs and suffered a heart-related side effect, it is important to consult with a personal injury attorney who can help identify all of the damages that stemmed from receiving testosterone therapy.
Intended Use Of Testosterone Therapy
Testosterone is the male sex hormone that is involved in male reproductive development. At puberty, testosterone is responsible for developing male characteristics such as body hair, voice deepening, and the maintenance of muscle strength and mass.
Men with low testosterone due to aging or certain genetic abnormalities are often prescribed a hormone treatment to supplement or replace testosterone levels. Administered as a gel, patch, or injection, testosterone treatments are intended to reverse the negative side effects of low testosterone such as erectile dysfunction, reduced sexual desire, and fatigue.
Life-Threatening Side Effects
Drugs must be approved by the FDA before being introduced to the public. While minor side effects are expected from any drug, serious heart-related health issues have arisen in men within months of beginning testosterone therapy. New research has indicated that several testosterone treatment brands can cause life-threatening side effects including:
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
For a drug to be approved by the FDA and eventually prescribed to a patient, the benefits of the drug must outweigh the risks associated with taking it. Researchers are now calling into question whether or not the benefits of these testosterone therapy drugs are worth the risk.
Testosterone Therapy Lawyers Are Here To Help
Those who have experienced life-threatening injuries after taking a testosterone supplement should consult an experienced attorney as soon as possible to help to determine whether or not they qualify for compensation.
If you or a male loved one:
- Are age 18-75;
- Suffered an injury within 6 months of receiving testosterone therapy;
- Took a testosterone supplement for more than 1 month before the injury occurred;
- Have been a non-smoker for two years before the injury; and
- Have a BMI less than 34;
you may be entitled to compensation. At this time, we are not excluding victims with a history of heart disease.
Pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of wages are some of the potential damages that may have resulted from taking a dangerous drug. A personal injury lawyer at Schultz & Myers can help alleviate some of the financial burdens caused by the side effects of testosterone therapy.