New Research Suggests that Testosterone Drugs Linked to Increased Risk
of Heart Attack and Stroke
The FDA recently announced the launch of an investigation of the cardiovascular
risks associated with testosterone therapy. The medical safety alert is
to warn men of potential risks and/or side effects associated with testosterone therapy.
Studies have shown that, as early as one month and up to the first 90 days
after starting testosterone therapy, dangerous blood clots can occur.
Further the risk for men over the age of 65 doubles for a heart attack.
There is a nearly triple the risk of suffering a serious or fatal complication
for men under 65 years of age that have pre-existing heart disease. The
risk to men, with unknown inherited clotting disorders, is higher for
developing clots. These cardiovascular risks are generally not set forth
in the product labels.
Testosterone therapy was approved by the FDA to treat abnormally low testosterone
levels. However, some of the manufactures of these products are promoting
their use for conditions not necessarily related to low testosterone levels,
such as energy loss, mood changes, reduced sex drive, among others. These
conditions may not be related to low testosterone but simply the aging
process, not properly dieting and exercising or other reasons. Because
of these aggressive marketing strategies, the estimated sales of testosterone
drugs are projected to reach $5 billion by 2017.
These products include:
Androgel®, Androderm®, Fortestra®,
Axiron®, Testim®, Bio-T-Gel®, Delatestryl®,
Depo-Testosterone®, Striant®, and Testopel®.
Hutton & Hutton is investigating injuries related to the use of these products for potential
lawsuits against the manufacturers. If you are interested in consulting
our firm on this litigation or on referring potential cases, please contact
Andrew Hutton at 888-882-1166.
At Hutton & Hutton we are committed to protecting the rights of persons
injured by pharmaceutical companies that put profits before patients.
We are an experienced leader nationally in pharmaceutical litigation and
have successfully taken on the largest drug companies on behalf of our clients
For more information regarding additional cases we are investigating,
please call Andrew Hutton at 888-882-1166. We look forward to working with you.