Low testosterone – or low T – is a condition that generates a bit of controversy. Some question the efficacy of the treatment to treat symptoms like low sex drive or lack of energy. But many drug companies encourage low testosterone treatment for older men who might have these symptoms.
The controversy has received some media attention, particularly because studies have found an increased risk of stroke and heart attack in men who take the drugs. It's led some to wonder not only "Do testosterone supplements work?", but also "Are low T drugs safe?"
Below is a drug overview, side effects of testosterone boosters and studies that found they may cause serious adverse events. If you suffered harm and suspect low T drugs may be to blame, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335 to review your case.
Studies Find Low Testosterone Drugs Increase Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke
In November 2013, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study that found men who took low T drugs were at a higher risk of adverse events like stroke, heart attack, and even death. The study involved men in the VA health system who underwent coronary angiography and had low testosterone. The researchers then compared adverse events in men who took testosterone therapy and those who did not.
Another study published in January 2014 in PLOS One found a higher risk of heart attack in men who were on testosterone therapy. The men in the study had a pre-existing diagnosis of heart disease and were older men.
However, others who don’t take the drugs but come into contact with them – like women and children – may have an adverse reaction as well. In fact, according to a Medication Guide published by the FDA, children who are exposed to low T drugs may exhibit early signs of puberty, including an enlarged clitoris or penis, early public hair development, increased sex drive and aggressive behavior.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Takes Action
It’s the responsibility of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to perform reviews and recalls of drugs that studies find may have serious adverse effects. In September 2014, a panel of experts for the FDA voted that low T drug makers needed to come up with language to restrict the intended use of the drugs. Some fear that many men are taking low T drugs with a desire to boost their sex drive and not because of a real medical condition. They also recommended that drug makers study the possible increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
Who’s liable for harm caused by low T drugs?
There are a number of parties who may be liable for harm caused by taking low testosterone drugs. First, the drug manufacturers may be liable for failure to disclose fully the risks of low T drugs. A doctor may be liable in some cases if he or she prescribes low T treatment to a patient without a medical need for it and for whom the drug may be dangerous. Talk to a lawyer about which party or parties may be liable for your case in particular.
Take Action Today – Call Cordisco & Saile LLC
The time limit you have to file a lawsuit for a dangerous drug and personal injury in Pennsylvania is two years, so it’s important that you act right away. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys can help file your claim for damages today and will guide you through the process of getting the compensation you deserve. Call us as soon as possible at 215-642-2335 or contact us online by filling out our contact form.