Commentary by Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP
Low T Studies Say Increase Risk of Heart Attack
Recent studies have come out that indicate there are links between Low Testosterone or Low T and an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. A report discovered data that indicates the use of Low T in men over 65 doubles the risk of a heart attack. The study also stated that data showed a triple increase in the risk of Heart Attack in all men taking Low T who have a history of heart disease in the family. The study conducted tests on over 50,000 men to gather this data.
These problems include:
worsening symptoms of an enlarged prostate
possible increased risk of prostate cancer
lower sperm count
swelling of ankles, feet, or body
enlarged or painful breasts
problems breathing during sleep
blood clots in the legs
Possible Low T FDA Recall
Based on these studies the FDA announced on 1/31/14 that it will be launching an investigation on the links between Low T and heart attacks or strokes. A portion of the statement on the FDA’s investigation into Low T Side Effects reads in part:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. We have been monitoring this risk and decided to reassess this safety issue based on the recent publication of two separate studies that each suggested an increased risk of cardiovascular events among groups of men prescribed testosterone therapy.
The FDA did not mention any time line on the investigation of Low T or Low testosterone. Nor did the FDS include any information on a possible FDA Low T Recall. The FDA did advise health care providers to immediately report any side effects from Low T. We urge health care professionals and patients to report side effects involving prescription testosterone products to the FDA.
Testosterone Therapy Products
Low T Class Action
There have already been Low T lawsuits filed by men who claim they suffered heart attacks due to Low T. Based on investigation from the FDA, it is predicted that thousands of Low T lawsuits could be filed. Should the FDA actually recall these ultra popular Low T products, the floodgates on plaintiff lawsuits will open. For example AndroGel was prescribed 3 million times alone in 2013. The potential pool of clients from the amount of those potentially affected by Low T would be massive. When there is a massive number of lawsuits filed that are all relatively similar in nature a Class Action Lawsuit is a viable option. To be clear, there is currently no Low T Class Action lawuit, but one could be created in the future.
Low T Lawsuits and Legal Claims
If you have suffered any of side effects (such as Heart Attack or Stroke) from taking Low T, immediately contact your doctor. If you have been adversely effected from Low T or Testosterone Therapy you may be entitled to compensation. To have your Testosterone Therapy claim evaluated by an attorney, contact our office.