AndroGel Lawsuit

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Many men who used testosterone replacement product, AndroGel for Low-T have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer after they suffered stroke, heart attack and other life-threatening side effects.

In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched investigations into major adverse events associated with AndroGel and other testosterone replacement products. This came after two studies showed a two- or three-times greater chance for heart attack and stroke for men over 65 and younger men who had a history of cardiac problems.

Thousands of these men and their family members have filed lawsuits against AbbVie and other manufacturers for injuries caused by AndroGel and other products. AbbVie’s AndroGel is just one of several products whose lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL). Attorneys for those injured by AndroGel use have claimed that the manufacturer aggressively marketed their product inappropriately for “Low-T”, to men who did not have proper testing for low testosterone levels and failed to adequately warn of serious side effects like stroke, heart attack and death.

AndroGel for Testosterone Replacement Therapy

AndroGel is a topical gel formulation of testosterone replacement medication intended to be applied to the skin daily. It is approved to treat low testosterone levels associated with primary hypogonadism which can cause low testosterone levels. Though it can be used as an “off-label” treatment, manufacturers cannot promote their products for unapproved reasons. AbbVie and other manufacturers have been accused of marketing their products for “Low-T”, an unapproved use.

“Low-T” advertising implies that decreasing testosterone levels are responsible for normal symptoms of aging and encourages use of AndroGel and other medications to increase energy levels, sex drive and restore muscle tone. Declining testosterone levels are a natural function of aging and many of the men who used AndroGel for “Low-T” never had their testosterone levels tested. They may not have had abnormal testosterone levels and may have been placed at unnecessary risk for life-threatening side effects.

In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that told consumers about the potential risk of AndroGel and other testosterone replacement therapy. The announcement warned that men who use testosterone replacement may have a two or three-fold increase in the risk for blood clots which can cause stroke or heart attack.

AndroGel Side Effects

Some of the common side effects associated with AndroGel use include:

  • Increased sex drive
  • Increased aggression
  • Increased body hair growth
  • Oily skin and acne
  • Hypertension
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep apnea
  • Prostate enlargement
  • Headache and hot flushes

Severe or more serious side effects associated with AndroGel include:

  • Blood clots
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Liver damage
  • Prostate cancer

Filing an AndroGel Lawsuit

Some testosterone replacement settlements have already been offered by AbbVie and other manufacturers, but some cases remain in federal, state and local courts.

Men or the loved ones of those who used AndroGel to combat “Low T” or for age-related symptoms and who suffered heart attack, stroke or other serious side effects, should consult with a testosterone replacement attorney familiar with AndroGel lawsuits. Injury victims or their loved ones may be eligible for compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering or for wrongful death in the case of AndroGel-related death.

There are no guarantees but consultation with an AndroGel lawyer may help determine eligibility for compensation.

Sources:

AbbVie nears settlement in thousands of lawsuits alleging harm by testosterone drug AndroGel, Chicago Tribune (9/2018)

FDA cautions about using testosterone products for low testosterone due to aging, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (3/2015)