Attorneys across the country are considering filing lawsuits on behalf of men who used AndroGel and other testosterone therapies in light of new information linking the products to heart attack, stroke and death in users. A recent study found that middle-aged men with a history of heart disease and men ages 65 and older were twice as likely to have a heart attack after using prescription testosterone. Lawyers are now alleging that patients were not properly warned about the products’ risks and, as a result, may be able to file lawsuits seeking compensation for damages resulting from their injuries.
Have you suffered from a heart attack? Were you prescribed AndroGel or another testosterone medication? If so, you may have legal recourse. To learn more about your potential legal rights, fill out ClassAction.org’s free case review form today.
A recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE tracked more than 50,000 men who were new prescription testosterone users and compared their rates of heart attacks before and after starting use of the products. Researchers found that middle-aged men with a history of heart disease and men ages 65 and older were twice as likely to have a heart attack after using prescription testosterone, the New York Times reported.
A similar study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that men treated with testosterone therapy were at a 30 percent increased risk of having a heart attack or ischemic stroke, also known as a mini stroke. In this study, researchers administered testosterone in three different forms: gels, injections and patches. Although they reported that the complications were not associated with any one form of administration, it appeared that men were at a higher risk for complications the longer they received testosterone therapy.
In 2009, researchers were forced to discontinue a study on testosterone gel. Originally, they wanted to test whether the gel could help older men build muscle and increase strength, but the study was never completed because some of the participants were experiencing cardiac problems, including heart attacks.
Following the recent studies linking testosterone therapies to increased rates of heart attack, stroke, and death, the FDA announced that it would be reassessing the safety of these prescriptions. Although the FDA has not made any recommendations for testosterone therapies at this time, the agency said that it will publish its conclusions after reviewing all available data on these prescriptions.
Prescription testosterone may cause heart attacks, strokes and blood clots because of its influence on red blood cells. When testosterone is administered through a gel, patch, or injection, it can increase the amount of red blood cells in the body. As a result, these blood cells can begin to coagulate, or bunch together, causing the blood to thicken. Coagulation makes it more difficult for blood to flow throughout the body, which can cause high blood pressure and heart problems. Older men may be particularly at risk for these complications, because their arteries may be narrow due to old age or disease.
An AndroGel lawsuit may provide victims with compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. In the event of death, a lawsuit may also provide compensation for funeral expenses.
It has been reported that AndroGel and other testosterone therapies do not carry warnings for heart attack, stroke or death on their labels. By filing a lawsuit, you may also be able to hold these manufacturers responsible for releasing a product into the marketplace without adequate warnings.
While some consumers are calling for a class action, AndroGel lawsuits will likely proceed on an individual basis. Class action lawsuits are typically reserved for instances in which a large number of consumers have suffered minor losses, such as the cost of replacing an appliance; however, attorneys believe that men are suited for individual lawsuits because they have incurred substantial losses, which may include costly medical bills.
Were you or a loved one injured after using AndroGel or another form of prescription testosterone? If so, the attorneys working with ClassAction.org would like to hear from you today. To see if you may be able to file a lawsuit, fill out our free case review form.
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