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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.

Australian Women File Yaz Lawsuits

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Yaz/Yasmin

yaz-lawsuit-settlements-yasmin-lawsuit-settlementsHow can you make the right decision without proper direction? Many women have asked themselves that question after their life-changing experiences using Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella. These women suffered serious Yaz side effects, such as a heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, or pulmonary embolism. And they’ve survived to share their stories, and to fight for their day in court.

These women want the maker of Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella to be held responsible for a failure to warn health care providers and patients about the serious risks of using these contraceptive pills.

An article recently published by The Age, an Australian news agency, shared the experience of Amy Walker. Described as a healthy mother of three, Walker suffered a stroke―with only her young daughters present to help with contacting emergency responders.

This was a traumatic experience for the entire family.

According to Walker, the recovery period was taxing. The Age article stated that Walker “spent…the next few months unable to drive, cook or adequately care for her daughters.”

Experiences like these have pushed women to seek legal action. More than 1,000 Australian women, Walker included, have joined a Yaz class action lawsuit targeted at Bayer.

If you suffered from a Yaz heart attack, stroke, or blood clot, understand that you are not alone. There are women across the world who have been similarly impacted, and who are fighting to hold responsible the pharmaceutical giant behind Yaz. And the same goes for Yasmin and Ocella.

We are a law firm that is currently investigating Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella cases. Carey Danis & Lowe offers free case evaluations, during which one of our experienced Yaz lawyers can walk you through your legal options, and whether filing a Yaz lawsuit is the right decision for you.

You can contact our law offices by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form here: https://www.careydanis.com/contact/.

 

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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.

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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FDA Warns about Using Testosterone for Aging

Testosterone Gel & Its Risks

 

FDA Warns about Using Testosterone for Aging

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Testosterone, Uncategorized

testosterone gel lawsuitOn March 3, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration began requiring drug makers to caution patients that testosterone medications may escalate the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The FDA originally approved testosterone gel only for men with low testosterone levels due to medical problems, such as effects from chemotherapy or genetic deficiencies. However, doctors and clinics have been prescribing the gels to treat the effects of aging, something the FDA never approved. The safety and benefit of these drugs have not been tested for treating low testosterone (Low T) levels due to aging. Consequently, the FDA is requiring that manufacturers use new labels detailing the exact approved use of these medications.

This new, widespread use of the drug has caused the agency to take a hard look at the possible increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death associated with the hormone treatment. Some studies with aging men have pointed to the drug’s link with these diseases. As a result, the agency is requiring drug makers to add labeling information about the potential elevated risk of cardiovascular disease in patients. Another FDA stipulation: mandating that drug corporations carry out a study, defining just how risky testosterone treatment is.

Personal Injury Lawsuit Information

Carey Danis & Lowe represents men who have been harmed by testosterone gels. If your health has been impaired by the use of testosterone gels, we suggest that you discuss legal possibilities and compensation eligibility with one of our personal injury lawyers.

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

Testosterone Gel & Its Risks

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Testosterone, Uncategorized

testosterone gel lawsuitThe health condition known as low testosterone, or low T, has recently taken center stage, most likely due to television advertisements claiming a cure for low T symptoms. These symptoms are normal signs of aging, such as a drop in energy, muscle mass, and libido. The advertisements, like those promoting the popular testosterone gel known as Androgel, point to testosterone replacement therapy through the use of testosterone gels as a solution to low T.

Though testosterone gels may improve energy, muscle mass, and libido, the health risks posed by these drugs need to be further investigated, so that health care providers and patients can make informed decisions.

According to a U.S. News article, currently published testosterone gel studies have limitations, and thus, are somewhat unreliable when trying to decide if testosterone gels are an appropriate treatment for a certain patient. The article mentions a 2010 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine as one of the more reliable investigations into testosterone replacement therapy and its health risks.

The study documented the health of 209 men 65 years of age and older. Researchers found a higher incidence of cardiovascular health problems, such as heart attack, in the group of men using testosterone when compared to the group of men taking placebos.

Still, the limitation of this study is the small sample size.

In response to demands for further research into testosterone gel and heart problems, the National Institutes of Health has sponsored a new study involving 800 men aged 65 and older. The results of this study will be available later this year, according to the aforementioned U.S. News article.

Personal Injury Lawsuit Information

Carey Danis & Lowe currently represents men who have been injured by testosterone gels. If your health has been compromised through the use of testosterone gels, we encourage you to discuss your legal options and compensation eligibility with one of our personal injury lawyers today.

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