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2700 Testosterone Gel Lawsuits in US

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Testosterone, Uncategorized

testoserone_gelOver 2,700 testosterone gel lawsuits are pending in the US. According to a Forbes article from late October 2015, testosterone lawsuits numbered around 2,000 in August 2015. In the ensuing months, even more men who suffered serious testosterone side effects stepped forward, bringing the total near 3,000.

A legal representative commented in the Forbes article that the lawsuits are “not quite to the halfway point in terms of the number of suits we’re going to see.”

Lawsuits consolidated in Chicago

Testosterone lawsuits are consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Chicago. The MDL cites 7 companies that make testosterone products.

The US District Court Judge managing the MDL, Judge Matthew Kennelly, is moving pretrial proceedings along at an efficient pace. In late 2016, the court will begin the bellwether trial process; at this time, rulings will be made on bellwether testosterone lawsuits that both parties carefully selected as representative of a majority of the MDL lawsuits.

AbbVie and AndroGel

This first round of bellwether cases scheduled for 2016 involves AbbVie and their testosterone product, AndroGel.

These AndroGel lawsuits allege that AbbVie’s testosterone product caused blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. These lawsuits also argue that AbbVie’s AndroGel marketing campaigns misled them to believe the product as safe.

Decline in AndroGel sales

According to the Forbes article cited above, AndroGel sales plummeted as testosterone lawsuits rose. AndroGel sales dropped by 32% in the first 6 months of 2015.

WE CAN HELP YOU

Carey Danis & Lowe AndroGel lawyers represent men just like you who have been injured by testosterone gel, including Abbvie’s AndroGel. Our team of experienced testosterone lawyers are investigating cases, and encourage you to explore your legal options with us today.

For a free case evaluation, call us toll free at 800.721.2519.

You can also reach us online by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

Chicago Tribune Article on Testosterone

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Testosterone, Uncategorized

testosterone gel lawsuitTestosterone therapy promises men more energy and heightened libidos, but some patients say those promises were accompanied by heart attacks and pulmonary embolisms.

Testosterone has been approved for men impacted by testicular injury, genetic conditions or chemotherapy. However, due to a huge marketing campaign to doctors and patients, testosterone has become a $200 billion a year industry, touting the “Fountain of Youth” effects of increased energy and a re-charged sex drive.

About a week after receiving his first testosterone injection Steve Schabel, of Indiana, had difficulty breathing, which got worse over time. At the hospital he learned he’d suffered a near-fatal double pulmonary embolism, blocking veins on both lungs.

He felt like he was going to die. Now he’s taking blood thinners for the rest of his life.

AbbVie and Abbott Laboratories, both located in North Chicago, make testosterone. They and other drug companies are defendants in the 2,000 lawsuits brought by men who have suffered heart attacks and strokes that they claim were caused by testosterone therapy.

Many of the lawsuits have been combined into one Chicago courtroom that may help determine the future of the off-label medical treatment. The lawsuits raise questions on how the drug is marketed and highlight patient difficulty in assessing benefits and risks.

Carey Danis & Lowe can help victims of testosterone therapy.

If you believe that testosterone therapy is to blame for your heart attack or stroke, call Cary Danis & Lowe attorneys for a free legal consultation. You may be eligible for compensation.

We work alongside a team of medical professionals and our nurses are available to answer your health questions.

Contact us by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

Testosterone Gel Study Looks at Artery Hardening

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Testosterone, Uncategorized

testosterone gel lawsuitThe news has been overrun of late by research connecting testosterone replacement therapy with poor cardiovascular health. Though testosterone gel’s effects on heart health continue to be a major concern, a group of researchers decided to focus their attention on atherosclerosis, or artery hardening, in men using testosterone gel.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in August 2015, followed 308 men over the course of 3 years. The men were over 60 years of age, and had low testosterone levels.

The researchers prescribed some of the men a testosterone gel, while other study participants used a placebo gel.

By year 3, the researchers concluded that the use of testosterone gel didn’t impact artery hardening in older men.

However, in reporting these findings in an interview with JAMA, one of the researchers urged that there needs to be larger clinical trials looking at heart health and testosterone use to shed more light on whether testosterone replacement therapy is safe for older men.

DID YOU USE TESTOSTERONE GEL & SUFFER A HEART OR STROKE?

If you used testosterone gel, such as AndroGel or Axiron, and suffered a heart attack or stroke, you may be eligible to receive compensation. The testosterone lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are available to discuss your case during a free consultation. We’ll guide you through your legal options, and help you determine if filing a testosterone gel lawsuit is right for you.

You can reach one of our testosterone lawyers by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

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Harvard Study Shows No Improvement with Testosterone Use

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Testosterone, Uncategorized

testosteronegellawsuitA recent study led by Harvard researchers didn’t show meaningful improvement in men with low testosterone. Results from the study beg the question “Why are men with low testosterone being treated with the drug if it doesn’t fix their issues?”

One of the reason that testosterone use has doubled in 5 years is that drug companies are marketing to the aging baby boomer population. After seeing the persuasive ads from the drug manufacturers, men march into their doctor’s offices and demand the drug.

Shalender Bhasin, one of the study’s main researchers, call the sharp increase in testosterone use an “artificial epidemic.” Bhasin goes on to say that men would be better off asking their doctor to prescribe Viagra or similar drugs that have proved their effectiveness.

Unfortunately, these men are seeking help for fatigue, poor sleep, a flagging libido and other minor symptoms. In March the FDA clamped down on drug makers by requiring labelling changes. Now they need to emphasize that testosterone is only approved for men with severe medical conditions like chemotherapy damage or testicular injury.

Additionally, drug companies are required to include warnings that using testosterone possibly increases the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Have you been injured by using testosterone?

Carey Danis & Lowe represents men who have been harmed by using testosterone. Our personal injury lawyers are currently investigating these types of cases; if you have suffered physical injuries from taking testosterone, we encourage you to contact us for a free legal consultation.

Call us at 800-721-2519 or contact us online to schedule a private consultation. We’ll guide you through your legal options and compensation eligibility; and if applicable, we will walk you through the process of filing a testosterone lawsuit.

New Study Finds Testosterone Injections Riskier than Gels

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Testosterone, Uncategorized

testosteronegellawsuitA new study found that testosterone injections present an increased risk of suffering from a stroke or a heart attack―even a higher risk than testosterone gels.

The study, Comparative Safety of Testosterone Dosage Forms, was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine in May 2015. Researchers wanted to compare the various ways of delivering testosterone; they looked at injections, gels, and patches.

According to the study, patients who used testosterone injections experienced a “greater risk of cardiovascular events, hospitalizations, and deaths compared with gels”.

In April 2015, Carey Danis & Lowe reported on a different study that found the opposite, that testosterone gels present more cardiovascular risk than testosterone injections.

These conflicting results can be confusing, so the decision to use any testosterone product should be carefully considered with a physician.

We are here to help you.

If you have been injured by testosterone, particularly testosterone gels, our experienced attorneys can help you.

We currently represent men who’ve been injured by testosterone gels, including products like AndroGel, in testosterone gel lawsuits.

If you experienced a stroke, heart attack, or developed a blood clot after using testosterone gel, you may be entitled to compensation. You can contact our law firm to learn more about your compensation eligibility and how to file a testosterone gel lawsuit.

We offer free case evaluations. That means that you can discuss your legal situation with one of our lawyers before making any binding decisions.

Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

Another Testosterone Gel Lawsuit

By | Consumer protection, Pharmaceutical litigation, Testosterone, Uncategorized

testosteronegellawsuitDaniel R. simply wanted to improve the quality of his life by using AndroGel, a testosterone replacement product. What he received instead was heart problems requiring cardiac catheterization and insertion of a stent.

The Lawsuit

Plaintiff Daniel R. and his lawyers contend that pain and permanent injury were caused by AndroGel. Their April 2015 lawsuit says the gel’s maker, Abbott Labs, knew of the product’s defective and unreasonably dangerous nature. However, the drug manufacturer continued to market and distribute the gel to maximize profits at the expense of the public’s safety.

Daniel R. and other patients use AndroGel to counteract the effects of low testosterone (Low T), namely: a weakening in playing sports, falling asleep after dinner and being irritable.

Abbott Labs needs to be held accountable for its negligent disregard of the harm caused by AndroGel. Had Daniel R. known of the risks associated with the gel, he would not have used it.

The plaintiff states that the warnings given by Abbott Labs were not accurate and were ambiguous. In addition, the drug manufacturer’s warnings failed to properly warn physicians about the risks associated with AndroGel. These risks range from life threatening cardiac events to debilitating strokes.

Carey Danis & Lowe Can Help You

As a St. Louis law firm specializing in pharmaceutical product liability, Carey Danis & Lowe is uniquely qualified to help people injured from using testosterone gel therapies.

Our personal injury lawyers are available to offer legal advice during a free, no-obligation consultation.

If you’ve suffered harm from using a testosterone gel, you may be eligible for compensation. Call Carey Danis & Lowe today at 800.721.2519 or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

Researchers Find Testosterone Injections Less Risky than Gel

By | Consumer protection, Pharmaceutical litigation, Testosterone, Uncategorized

testosterone gel lawsuitShould older men use testosterone applied to the skin, such as testosterone gel, or should they inject testosterone into their muscles? A new study published in April 2015 in the Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology And Metabolism found that the latter is the better option.

Why?

Researchers from the University of Florida found that testosterone injections posed less cardiovascular health risks than testosterone gel.

With so many older men turning to testosterone gel as a way to treat signs of aging, finding a safer form of testosterone delivery is important. This University of Florida study shows that there is a better option for older men.

Still, these research findings come as so many men have already suffered heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular health problems as a result of using testosterone gel. These findings come too late for some men.

Carey Danis & Lowe can help you

Carey Danis & Lowe is a St. Louis law firm that represents men who have suffered testosterone gel heart problems. Our defective drug lawyers work tirelessly to recover losses for these men and their families.

If you have been injured by testosterone gel, we encourage you to begin exploring your legal options.

Carey Danis & Lowe offers free case evaluations; we are available to walk you through your compensation eligibility, and how to file a testosterone lawsuit, if applicable to your case.

Our team also includes medical professionals, who can answer your questions about how testosterone gel impacts cardiovascular health.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519. You can also reach one of our lawyers by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

We look forward to offering you any assistance that we can.

Low Testosterone Ads & Disease Mongering

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Testosterone, Uncategorized

testosteronegellawsuitTestosterone ads spread the word about low testosterone, or low T. And to some, low T is an invented disease.

In an editorial recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, two men’s health experts expressed concerns about direct-to-consumer ads for testosterone products, like AndroGel and Axiron.

Thomas Perls, a Boston University professor and Boston Medical Center geriatrician, and David Handelsman, a University of Sydney professor, authored the editorial.

Perls and Handelsman consider direct-to-consumer ads to be “’disease mongering’”, since the ads treat male aging as a curable health condition, as opposed to a normal part of life.

The two authors have called for a ban on testosterone ads.

Why the Worry about Ads?

If there weren’t serious testosterone side effects, like heart attack and stroke, then testosterone ads wouldn’t be a concern. However, researchers have discovered a strong link between testosterone use in older males and cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke.

Perls and Handelsman may be correct in calling for a ban on testosterone ads.

Free Case Evaluation

Carey Danis & Lowe is a personal injury law firm that represents men who have been injured by testosterone gel. We encourage you to contact our law firm today if you experienced an injury after using testosterone gel.

During our free case evaluations, one of our personal injury lawyers will guide you through your legal options, compensation eligibility, and if applicable, filing a testosterone lawsuit.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form. We look forward to offering you any assistance that we can.

 

 

Pharmaceutical Marketing Factors in Testosterone Lawsuits

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Testosterone, Uncategorized

testosteronegellawsuitTwo men over 40 used testosterone gel, considering it a way to restore youthfulness. One man suffered a spinal stroke; the other man experienced a bilateral pulmonary embolism.

These two men―who shared their stories in a recent Forbes article―attribute their health problems to testosterone.

More and more health care providers and patients are becoming aware of these serious testosterone side effects, which also include heart attack and stroke.

The two men interviewed by Forbes didn’t suffer from hypogonadism, a medical condition that causes low testosterone levels; rather, these men fell prey to aggressive pharmaceutical marketing.

Ads promising the fountain of youth for older males drew these two men to testosterone gel, a lure that injured rather than restored.

To date, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t recognized low testosterone, or low T, in older males as a real medical condition warranting testosterone replacement therapy. The FDA has only approved testosterone use for patients diagnosed with hypogonadism.

Pharmaceutical marketing for testosterone gel aggressively targeted older men, persuading them to use a product for a health condition not even recognized by the FDA.

Clearly, in this case, pharmaceutical marketing went too far.

How We Can Help You

Carey Danis & Lowe is a law firm that represents men who suffered from testosterone gel. Our team of personal injury lawyers work tirelessly for these men in order to recover as many losses as possible.

We invite you to share your testosterone case with us; we offer free initial case evaluations where we guide you through you legal options, compensation eligibility, and how to file a testosterone lawsuit.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

 

Upcoming Meetings in Testosterone Litigation in Illinois

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Testosterone, Uncategorized

testosterone gel lawsuitPretrial proceedings are going smoothly in the testosterone multidistrict litigation (MDL) that is being held in an Illinois federal court. The testosterone MDL is scheduled to meet three times this spring, with the next meeting scheduled for March 20, 2015.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has also scheduled case management conferences on April 21 and on May 19.

The MDL currently has 1,247 pending testosterone lawsuits.

The plaintiffs involved in the MDL are men who have been injured by testosterone products, including testosterone gel, such as Androgel, a product manufactured by AbbVie.

Studies have shown that testosterone use in older male patients who are using the hormone to treat signs of male aging, such as decreased muscle mass, energy, and libido, have an increased risk of cardiovascular complications, including heart attack or stroke.

On March 3, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement ordering manufacturers of testosterone products to update their labeling to include information on cardiovascular risks. The FDA also noted in their statement that the agency has not yet approved the use of testosterone to treat male aging, and has only approved these kinds of products to treat patients with medical conditions that cause low testosterone levels.

Legal Help for Men Injured by Testosterone Gels

Carey Danis & Lowe is a national law firm with headquarters in St. Louis that specializes in defective drug litigation. Our dedicated team of personal injury lawyers are currently representing men in testosterone gel lawsuits. If you or someone you love has suffered from a testosterone injury, contact our law offices for a free, no obligation case evaluation.

Carey Danis & Lowe is here is here to listen to you. Call our law firm at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

We look forward to offering you any legal and/or medical assistance that we can.

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