AndroGel® Lawsuit – Cardiac Problems Tied to Low Testosterone Drug
Recent studies have revealed that users of AndroGel®, a testosterone therapy medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat men diagnosed with low testosterone levels, may be accompanied by an increased risk of cardiac problems, such as heart attack or stroke. The attorneys at Ward Black Law are presently investigating potential AndroGel® lawsuits in North Carolina and across the U.S. If you or a loved one has suffered from heart failure or stroke as a result of AndroGel® use, you deserve to know your rights. We encourage you to contact a dangerous drugs attorney at Ward Black Law of N.C. today.
What is AndroGel®, and what is it prescribed for?
AndroGel® is a prescription testosterone medication used by men experiencing low testosterone levels due to an associated medical condition. Sales of testosterone therapy medications, like AndroGel®, have skyrocketed in the past decade – climbing to an average of 5.3 million prescriptions per year by 2011. This dramatic spike in sales is largely believed to be the result of a large-scale, direct-to-consumer marketing initiative. In advertisements for products like AndroGel®, low testosterone levels (also known as “Low T”) are often characterized as the cause of many commonly experienced symptoms in older men, including reduced sex drive, weight gain, tiredness, depression, etc. Today, AndroGel® sales alone are reportedly in excess of $1 billion per year. Testosterone therapy drugs similar to AndroGel® include:
AndroGel® and associated cardiac issues
A recent study conducted by the the Journal of the American Medical Association found that men are subjected to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death when undergoing testosterone therapy. In men over the age of 65, researchers found the risk of developing cardiac problems increased by as much as 29 percent. In January 2014, the FDA announced that it would begin investigating the risk of heart attack, stroke and death in men using prescription testosterone medications, such as AndroGel®. Cardiac issues may be associated with AndroGel® usage include:
- Blood clots
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack (also known as a myocardial infarction)
- Transient ischemic attacks (also known as “mini-strokes”)
- Pulmonary embolism
Pursuing an AndroGel® lawsuit? Contact Ward Black today!
If you or a loved one used AndroGel® (or other prescription testosterone medication) and suffered from serious cardiac issues or injury as a result, you may be entitled to pursue a claim against the manufacturer for damages. For a free and confidential case evaluation, please call Ward Black Law at (336) 333-2244 or 1-877-256-1214 (toll-free). You may also reach our Greensboro, N.C., office by email or online inquiry.