Update, October 2017: A man who suffered a heart attack while using AndroGel received a $140 million jury verdict in his favor in the latest damaging news for AbbVie, manufacturer of the testosterone therapy drug.
Many men have been prescribed low testosterone drugs such as Androgel, Testim, Axiron, and Fortesta. As men age, their testosterone naturally depletes. This is normal. But large pharmaceutical companies decided to call it a disease, hypogonadism, so they could make a drug and profit off of it. The drug companies claimed many benefits from taking testosterone replacement pills, but did not properly warn the public or doctors of the serious side effects. Many men suffered heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and more after taking low testosterone drugs. Because of this, low testosterone lawsuits are being filed across the country. More than 6,000 of these lawsuits over “Low T” drugs were pending in federal court as of late 2017, including many cases where Jones Ward is representing injured plaintiffs.
Low-T Side Effects
All drugs come with side effects. Unfortunately, the side effects from taking low-t drugs were not properly labeled. Many men took the drug and suffered seriously, including:
- Heart Attack
- Blood Clots
- And More
If you or a loved on suffered any of these side effects, you are not alone and you shouldn’t have to bear the burden alone either. Share your story and hold the manufacturers accountable. The largest low-t drugs are Androgel, Axiron, and Testim.
FDA Warning Against Low Testosterone Drugs
In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert to the public stating that low-t drugs, or testosterone therapies, are NOT approved for the depletion of low testosterone due to aging, even if symptoms seem related to testosterone. In addition, there is not enough evidence to show that testosterone drugs can treat issues. Furthermore, there is an increased chance of heart attacks and strokes when taking testosterone drugs.
The FDA now requires manufacturers of testosterone therapies to include a more obvious and stricter warning label so that doctors and the public know the risks associated with the drug. They are required to point out the links between testosterone and heart attacks and strokes. However, many men and families have already suffered. What about the men who took it before these companies got in trouble with the FDA? Our testosterone therapy lawyers are here to help them get their justice.
Testosterone Drug Litigation: Where is it Happening?
Many testosterone lawsuits have been consolidated in a proceeding called Multidistrict Litigation, or MDL for short. This procedural tool allows hundreds or even thousands of people who have been injured by the same product to pool their resources in a legal battle against a big company. An MDL is not a class action lawsuit. The cases are consolidated only for pre-trial purposes. The Low T cases are pending in Illinois federal court as part of In RE: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2545.
Since the creation of the MDL in early 2014, much of the last three years have been spent battling with defendants such as Abbvie, Abbott, Eli Lilly and Pfizer over issues related to the science and marketing behind testosterone replacement therapy drugs. Dozens of depositions have been taken, and hundreds of thousands of documents have been reviewed. Some of the first jury trials will begin in summer or fall 2017. These trials are called “bellwether trials,” because the outcome will give each side a good idea how the case will play out in front of a jury.
Contact a Testosterone Drug Attorney Today
The dangerous pharmaceutical drug lawyers at Jones Ward offer free consultations to discuss your legal options and rights if you or a loved one took a low testosterone drug and experienced a serious side effect, like a heart attack, stroke, or blood clot. We are accepting clients in all 50 states. Call us today toll free to speak with an attorney at 888-595-2922 or send us an email. One of our team members will get back to you right away.