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Testosterone therapy linked to heart attack and death. FDA to examine.

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut

SPRING 2014.

WHAT ARE YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS IN CONNECTICUT IF YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER HAS SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK OR OTHER HARM FROM TESTOSTERONE THERAPY. 

THE TESTOSTERONE THERAPY INDUSTRY.

Testosterone therapy, “low T” drugs, or “testosterone replacement therapy” have been marketed to men to make them, well, more manly.  Much of the marketing is done directly to consumers.  When marketing is done directly to consumers the goal is to cause the consumers to ask their doctors for a certain drugs for “testosterone replacement therapy”.  The testosterone drugs are often marketed to treat symptoms of the normal aging process.  Their use has increased significantly.  As a result, testosterone therapy is a billion dollar industry. 

TESTOSTERONE THERAPY HAS BEEN RECENTLY LINKED TO HEART ATTACK, STROKE, AND DEATH IN TWO INDEPENDENT STUDIES.

Recently, studies have strongly indicated the testosterone therapy can be unreasonably dangerous, or worse, deadly. 

The first study was published by the Journal of the American Medical Association on November 6, 2013.  The study found a 30 percent increase in stroke, heart attack, and death among older men in the study who took testosterone, compared to those who did not.  This study included over 8700 men.  They had experienced a coronary angiography, and had low testosterone.  During the study some men used testosterone therapy, and some did not.  The study compared the health of the men after six years passed.  Here is a link to the abstract of the study.  JAMA study abstract.

The second study was published only two months later in the journal Public Library of Science in January 2014.  This was a large study that tracked 56,000 men who were prescribed testosterone between 2008 and 2010.  This study included older men (65 or older) and also younger men.  For the older men, they experience double the risk of heart attack after using testosterone for only three months.  For the younger men with pre-existing heart conditions their risk of heart attack tripled.  Here is a link to the abstract of the PLOS study.  PLOS study adstract.

THE FEDERAL DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) IS INVESTIGATING THE SAFETY OF TESTOSTERONE THERAPY.

Following these two important studies, the FDA announced that it would be investigating the use of prescription testosterone.  That announcement occurred on January 31, 2014.  Here is a link to the FDA drug safety announcement.  FDA announcement.

THERE ARE MANY KINDS OF TESTOSTERONE PRODUCTS SOLD IN CONNECTICUT.

Here is a partial list of testosterone products sold in Connecticut in alphabetical order:

  • AndroDerm
  • AndroGel
  • Axiron
  • Bio-T Gel
  • Delatestryl
  • Depo-Testosterone
  • Foresta
  • Striant
  • Testim
  • Testopal

YOU HAVE LEGAL RIGHTS IN CONNECTICUT UNDER THE CONNECTICUT PRODUCT LIABILITY ACT IF YOU HAVE BEEN HARMED BY TAKING TESTOSTERONE THERAPY.

If you or a loved one is taking testosterone therapy, you should probably review these studies with your doctor.  

If you or a loved on has suffered harm like a heart attack, stroke, or worse from taking testosterone therapy then you might have a right to bring a product liability claim for money damages against the maker of that drug. 

YOU CAN SET UP A FREE CONSULTATION AT THE GROTON, CONNECTICUT LAW OFFICE OF BARTINIK LAW FIRM, P.C.

We can help you answer your questions that you might have like:

  • What are my rights if I have been harmed by testosterone therapy?
  • How to I make a claim for money damages for injuries suffered from testosterone therapy?

If you or a loved one has been harmed by testosterone therapy, then we are here to help.  Call The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.


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