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"Low T" is a term you've likely heard on TV ads, radio stations or read online. However, Low T is not a recognized disease, but rather a normal part of aging. Testosterone replacement therapy products are only approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hypogonadism, but companies such as AbbVie may have engaged in aggressive marketing efforts to convince men who are otherwise healthy to ask their doctors about Low T. Thousands of dangerous drugs lawsuits are pending litigation after men who've taken popular testosterone products including AndroGel and Depo-Testosterone suffered heart attacks and strokes.
If you or a loved one has used a testosterone product and had a heart attack or stroke, please contact our dangerous drugs attorneys in Orlando at (407) 712-7300 for a FREE consultation. The Law Offices of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter have a reputation for fighting on behalf of our clients and serve those in Orlando, Florida and nationwide.
Testosterone Claims Against Drug Manufacturers
AndroGel and Depo-Testosterone are some of the products facing legal action. These cases began in 2014 when the FDA started investigating the potential increased incidence of stroke, heart attack and even death in men prescribed the drugs.
The current lawsuits against AndroGel claim:
- The company misrepresented the safety and efficacy of AndroGel for treating hypogonadism (a large decrease in testosterone brought on by disease or injury) by not disclosing known risks.
- AbbVie engaged in aggressive marketing tactics to get men to ask their doctors about testosterone therapy and portrayed that the drug was "the new Viagra," or "the fountain of youth" in men with a "T deficiency."
- The maker used disease mongering to persuade men to be tested and treated for Low T when it's not a condition recognized by the FDA, and the drug is not approved for it.
- AbbVie made claims that AndroGel could treat age-related fatigue, erectile dysfunction and other natural signs of aging when it could not.
- The company misled men by using retired athletes to advocate the use of AndroGel while failing to disclose the known health risks and adverse side effects.
AbbVie isn't the only drugmaker coming under fire for their marketing campaigns and undisclosed side effects. Pfizer and Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. are also involved as complaints say they had an obligation to warn the general public about the risks associated with their product, Depo-Testosterone. Other products involved in these claims are Axiron and Androderm.
These companies preyed on the insecurities of aging men and made false promises which led to severe injuries and in some cases, wrongful death. The manufacturers profited millions in the process. Eli Lilly & Co. and Abbott Laboratories also allegedly relied on the success of Viagra and other erectile dysfunction medications to promote the use of "Low T" drugs. By falsely marketing testosterone replacement therapy drugs, these companies have put healthy men in danger of catastrophic injury.
Choosing a Dangerous Drugs Lawyer
Our lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter specialize in dangerous drugs claims and can help you get the compensation you deserve and require for medical expenses, loss of income and decreased quality of life. If you or a loved one took a testosterone replacement drug to treat "Low T," please contact our law firm in Orlando today at (407) 712-7300 for a complimentary case evaluation.
Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter serves clients throughout Florida and nationwide.