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What the Drug Companies Don’t Want You to Know About Low-T Drugs

testosterone-side-effects-500816299How Did the Drug Makers Get By With Advertising Dangerous Testosterone Medications?

On January 31, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert on its website warning of that popular testosterone drugs may be dangerous. The FDA cautioned that testosterone products should not be used for to treat low-testosterone related to aging because the risks of harmful effects such as heart attack, stroke and deep vein thrombosis outweigh any possible benefits.

The FDA originally approved testosterone drugs in the 1950’s in order to treat low testosterone levels related to chemotherapy, injury, and serious medical conditions. Men who have medically low levels of testosterone may experience symptoms such as lack of body hair, breast development, loss of muscle mass, loss of bone mass, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction, infertility, and genital abnormalities. These symptoms can affect both health and quality of life. Although testosterone drugs are associated with serious risks, the FDA determined that the benefits outweighed potential risks for men with medically low levels of testosterone.

Genetic problems, injury, and illness aren’t the only causes of low testosterone. As men age, testosterone levels naturally decline. This can cause decreased energy, loss of body hair, loss of muscle mass, weight gain, changes in mood, reduced sex drive, and inability to maintain erections – symptoms we associate with aging.

The drug companies had an idea; could testosterone drugs counteract these normal signs of aging and help middle age and older men feel younger? They ran quick clinical trials and found that men reported more energy, improved mood and an improved sex life while taking the drug. Since the drug was already approved by the FDA, they did not seek further approval. The drug companies began to aggressively market testosterone replacement therapy as a way to counteract aging. They even invented a name for age-related low testosterone; they called it “Low-T”.

Low-T is a manufactured medical condition. No one wants to get older. Most of us would rather have a treatable health condition than admit we are past our prime. The drug makers’ strategy of marketing testosterone drugs as a treatment for Low-T was very successful. Millions of prescriptions were written. Testosterone drugs like Androgel, Testim and Axiron became a multimillion dollar business – a business that was never approved by the FDA.

Testosterone Drugs Linked to Heart Attack and Stroke

Scientists know that high levels of testosterone are linked to heart disease.  Yet, low-t drugs were not tested for cardiovascular risk until millions of prescriptions had already been written. In 2014, several studies were published showing that men who take testosterone for age-related Low-T may have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The FDA began an investigation.

Why Would A Doctor Prescribe a Dangerous Drug?

When we see drugs marketed on TV, we assume they’ve undergone rigorous testing. We assume that our doctors will let us know if there are risks that outweigh the benefits, so we can make an informed decision about our health.

Doctors have the same expectations. When a drug company aggressively markets a treatment, they assume that the drug company has thoroughly tested the product and has listed all risks on the label. They don’t expect that corporate greed will outweigh patient safety.

You Can Get Accountability for Your Testosterone Heart Attack or Stroke

The drug companies led you to believe that you had a medical condition that required treatment. You took your drug as prescribed and suffered a heart attack. You are a victim of drug company marketing.

The Drug Safety Lawyers believe drug makers should put safety before profit. We are working with men who survived testosterone-related heart attacks, strokes and other injuries to hold the Eli Lilly, AbbVie and other drug makers accountable. If you suffered a heart attack, stroke or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) while taking Low-T drugs, we urge you to call our office at 888-808-1340. Our testosterone injury attorneys will discuss your case and tell you about your rights. The call is free and there is no obligation.


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