wrongful death claim has been filed by an Indiana woman, on behalf of her deceased husband,
against AbbVie Inc. and Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturers of AndroGel.
The case was filed in January 2016, in the U.S. District Court for the
District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff is claiming that her husband died
after taking AndroGel, a testosterone replacement drug. The plaintiff’s
husband was approximately 55 years old when he began taking AndroGel for
symptoms he attributed to low testosterone.
The man was diagnosed with hypogonadism, a medical condition which results
in low levels of testosterone. His doctor prescribed AndroGel; however,
the plaintiff in this case claims she, her husband and his doctor were
unaware of the risk of heart attack, stroke and pulmonary embolism associated
with testosterone drugs. The plaintiff’s husband suffered cardiac
arrest after four years of using AndroGel. The lawsuit seeks compensation
for financial loss, pain and suffering and permanent injury to the plaintiff
and her husband.
The lawsuit claims AbbVie and Abbott Laboratories engaged in a massive
marketing campaign for AndroGel which associated a number of symptoms
typically associated with aging or other conditions with low testosterone.
This new “disease” was dubbed “Low T,” and the
advertisements suggested men should ask their doctors for a prescription
of AndroGel in order to alleviate such symptoms as:
- Increased body fat;
- Depression and moodiness;
- Belly fat;
- Decreases in bone density;
- Loss of strength and muscle mass;
- Decrease in libido;
- Erectile dysfunction and
- Lowered levels of energy.
In the past, these symptoms were considered nothing more than the normal
effects of aging; however, testosterone manufacturers pushed these “Low
T” drugs as a veritable fountain of youth which would help men regain
what they may have lost as they grew older.
Testosterone Sales Brings in Billions for Drug Manufacturers
More than five million prescriptions were filled for testosterone supplements
in 2014 alone. AndroGel is the most popular testosterone supplement with
more than 60 percent of the total testosterone market. Testosterone supplements
bring in more than $2 billion per year, a number which was expected to
double by 2017. Levels of testosterone decline naturally by anywhere from
1-3 percent after the age of 30 for most men, however this is not the
same as a true diagnosis of hypogonadism.
Studies Find Cardiovascular Risks Associated With Testosterone
After several studies detailed the potential dangers of testosterone supplements,
physicians are now more cautious about prescribing the drugs, particularly
since more than half of the men who currently have a testosterone prescription
do not have a diagnosis of hypogonadism—in fact, many of those men
have not even had their testosterone levels measured. One testosterone
study initiated in 2010, was forced to discontinue the study due to the
high number of participants who suffered serious adverse events. A study
detailed in the Journal of American Medical Association Journal in 2013
detailed the risks of testosterone supplements, concluding men taking
testosterone supplements such as AndroGel have a 29 percent higher risk
of suffering a heart attack, stroke, blood clot, pulmonary embolism, deep
vein thrombosis or even death. Another 2013 study found that some of the
men in the study developed blood clots as soon as a month after beginning
a testosterone supplement. The doctor who conducted this study advised
doctors to carefully conduct a risk vs. benefit assessment on every man
prior to prescribing AndroGel or any other testosterone replacement drug.
Testosterone treatments can cost as much as $500 per month, although many
insurance companies do cover the cost.
How an AndroGel Attorney Can Help You
The Indiana plaintiff in the current AndroGel case has claimed failure
to warn, fraud, violation of Indiana’s consumer sales act and wrongful
death, and is seeking both compensatory and punitive damages. If you or
a loved one has suffered harm from AndroGel or any other testosterone
supplement it could be to your advantage to speak to a knowledgeable AndroGel
attorney who can assess the facts of your case and answer any questions
you might have. The dangerous drug lawyers at Golomb & Honik are representing
dozens of men in this litigation.
National Dangerous Drug Lawyers
If you have suffered a heart attack or cardiac complication from AndroGel
or other testosterone supplement, it is wise to speak to an experienced
Philadelphia dangerous drug lawyer to determine what options are available
to you. Drug companies who routinely put profits before people should
pay for their negligence—and their unscrupulous behavior.
Discuss your case today with a Philadelphia dangerous drug attorney today,
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