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AndroGel Lawsuit Filed: Did AbbVie Deliberately Conceal Health Risks?

Testosterone LawsuitPrescription testosterone products like AndroGel are very popular among men of all ages who want to build muscle and fight multiple symptoms of aging. Prescriptions from testosterone therapy have more than tripled over the last decade thanks to aggressive drug company marketing.

Drug company commercials promote testosterone drugs as a safe way to treat symptoms such as weight gain, decreased energy, loss of muscle mass, and reduced sex drive associated with low testosterone. But, these ads don’t mention the serious risks associated with testosterone replacement therapy.

Five men, each of whom suffered a life-threatening cardiac event after using AndroGel, have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer of the medication. The men claim that Abbott Laboratories and its partner company, AbbVie Inc., failed to provide warnings about serious cardiac risks associated with testosterone drugs. They claim that the drug makers knew that testosterone therapies are linked to increased rates of heart attack, stroke and death, but did not disclose these risks in order to protect their profits.

A study published in January 2014 linked testosterone replacement therapy to an increased risk of cardiovascular events, including heart attack and stroke, in men over 65 and in younger men with a pre-existing heart condition.  A November 2013 study found an increased risk of heart attacks in veteran using testosterone products. A 2010 testosterone was cancelled because there were too many cardiovascular events among the participants. In January 2014, the FDA responded to the studies and announced that the agency would be investigating the increased risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men using prescription testosterone drugs.

Despite the studies, Abbott did not warn doctors and patients about the increased risk of serious cardiac events in patients using AndroGel. Instead, Abbott launched a massive advertising campaign that convinced thousands of men that they were suffering from “Low T”. The company made more than $1.4 billion in profits from AndroGel sales while putting the lives of thousands of men at risk.

Three of the men involved in the testosterone lawsuit suffered heart attacks, one suffered a stroke, and one suffered a mini stroke. The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for medical expenses, mental and emotional distress, loss of earnings, and loss of care, comfort, society, and companionship. They are also requesting that the drug company pay punitive damages. These damages may be awarded if a judge believes that the manufacturer in question acted with wanton and willful disregard for public safety.

If you have suffered a heart attack or stroke after using AndroGel or another testosterone drug, you may eligible to participate in an AndroGel lawsuit. Contact our Testosterone Lawyers to learn more about your legal right to compensation. Call 888-808-1340 to schedule a free case evaluation.


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