The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it is investigating the safety of testosterone treatments after two studies have linked the testosterone use to increased risks of cardiovascular injury. If you have been injured from testosterone treatment consult with a mass torts lawyer to discuss how to hold the negligent party responsible.
Potential Side Effects
Reports of adverse effects while taking testosterone include:
- Heart attack
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolisms
The first publication that prompted the FDA to investigate the cardiovascular safety of testosterone therapy was a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in November 2013. The study observed two groups of men who all had low testosterone levels and some underlying cardiovascular disease. One group of approximately 7,500 men, who had an average age of 63, received no testosterone treatment. The other group of approximately 1,200 men, who had an average age of 60, received testosterone treatment.
The study found there was a 30% increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in the group that had the testosterone therapy.
A second study published in January 2014 examined approximately 55,000 men of all ages who took testosterone.
The study found that men aged 65 and older who had pre-existing cardiovascular issues had more than doubled their risk of a heart attack within the first 90 days of taking testosterone.
Among men younger than 65 who also had a pre-existing history of cardiac issues, the study found the risk of heart attack in the first 90 days following the first prescription of testosterone, nearly tripled.
Risks of Testosterone Treatment
While the FDA investigates, it has cautioned health care professionals to consider whether the benefits of testosterone exceed the potential risks of treatment before prescribing.
It is evident that many men who have taken testosterone have suffered serious injuries involving potentially fatal cardiac injuries. New warnings are urgently needed on all types of testosterone treatment.
The attorneys at Charles Boyk Law Offices are offering free, confidential case evaluations to anyone experiencing these potentially fatal adverse effects after taking any type of testosterone treatment.
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Responsibility of Pharmaceutical Companies
The failure of pharmaceutical companies to properly warn of the dangers associated with their products and instead, marketing their products as safe and effective, has given rise to federal litigation against the companies on behalf of individuals who have suffered a cardiovascular injury after taking prescription testosterone. In light of this ongoing litigation, it is critical for the public to be aware of their rights and to understand the issues surrounding the marketing and risk of testosterone replacement treatment. It is our hope that this report helps serve that purpose.