Testosterone Treatments, Androgel Lawsuit in Lansing, Michigan
Lansing, Michigan AndroGel lawyers are investigating the claims of men who were injured while using the testosterone replacement therapy manufactured by AbbVie, AndroGel. Lansing, Michigan AndroGel lawsuits are currently being filed by Lansing, Michigan AndroGel attorneys on behalf of individuals that claim their use of AndroGel put them at an increased risk for a cardiovascular event.
Lansing, Michigan AndroGel lawyers have filed lawsuits on behalf of men that had heart attacks and strokes. The Lansing, Michigan AndroGel litigation claims that the men who used AndrGel were deceived by a marketing campaign that underplayed the risks despite the fact that AbbVie and Abbott Labs knew of these risks.
The FDA announced on January 31, 2013 that is now re-examining the safety of testosterone gel after two studies showed a higher risk of heart attack risk and strokes in men who use them. This move by the FDA was based on the recent studies that suggested an increased risk of heart attacks in men who use testosterone replacement therapy. The same studies that Lansing, Michigan AndroGel attorneys quote in the complaints for the pending Lansing, Michigan AndroGel side effect litigation.
What are Testosterone Treatments?
Attorneys representing clients in the Lansing, Michigan AndroGel lawsuit have learned that the number of testosterone prescriptions given to American men has tripled since 2001. This is most easily explained by the aggressive “Is it Low-T” marketing campaign that defendant Abbott Laboratories spent $80 million on to promote in 2012.
Used clinically since 1937 and approved by the FDA since 1953, testosterone is now administered in at least five forms, including patches, gels and injections. Testosterone “gels” represent 89% of the overall $2.1 billion testosterone replacement therapy market. Sales of all testosterone-boosting drugs are projected to hit $5 billion by 2017. Following is the current list of testosterone gels available on the market:
Testosterone treatments have long been used to treat the medical condition known as hypogonadism in which the body does not produce enough testosterone. Hypogonadism is tested through the blood – where the doctor can measure how much blood freely flows through the bloodstream. This measures the patient’s hormone levels and allows the doctor to rule out other conditions. It is estimated that up to one quarter of the testosterone treatment prescriptions are dispensed without a blood test, much less re-testing for confirmation and adjusting the dose after prescription.
Lansing, Michigan Androgel lawyers filed a complaint claiming that the manufacturers of AndroGel engaged in an aggressive direct-to-consumer and physician marketing and advertising campaign for their testosterone gels. Well-produced ads and website surveys suggest that perfectly normal decreases in energy and strength could be cured by using the gels resulting in men getting “back into the swing of things.” The AndroGel lawsuit notes that the marketing materials do not carry the warning of increased risk of cardiovascular problems and AbbVie and Abbott Labs misrepresented the fact that these gels are a safe and effective treatment for hypogonadism or “low t.”
Lansing, Michigan AndroGel side effects attorneys will ask a jury to determine whether these serious medical problems, including life threatening cardiac events, strokes, and thrombolytic events, were properly warned of in the direct-to-consumer and physician marketing and advertising campaigns for AndroGel.
In addition to the FDA questioning the safety and efficacy of testosterone gels and Lansing, Michigan AndroGel attorneys taking the resulting injuries to court, critics are now questioning the marketing tactics in recent articles that warn “Don’t ask your doctor about ‘Low T’.”
As noted in a few recent articles, testosterone has always declined naturally by age, but men’s average testosterone levels have been dropping by at least 1 percent a year, according to a 2006 study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The reasons for this decline seem to be tied to drugs like steroids, an increase in weight, chemicals like bishpenol A (BPA) that is found in plastic food containers and diseases like Type 2 diabetes.
So should you treat this natural decline? Is this a new condition? “Low T,” as this condition has been labeled by the testosterone gel manufacturers, isn’t nearly as common as they would have you believe. Lansing, Michigan AndroGel litigation claims that pharmaceutical companies have seized on the decline in testosterone levels as pathological and applicable to every man.
This attempt to seize on the common effects of aging and profit from it by turning it into a new disease that men need a prescription to cure has been called “disease mongering.” In the case of testosterone gels, this disease mongering has resulted in a $2.1 billion testosterone replacement therapy market as of 2012. Sales of all testosterone-boosting drugs are projected to hit $5 billion by 2017. At a time when there is demand for more fiscal responsibility and transparency in health care, disease mongering should be questioned. Lansing, Michigan AndroGel lawsuits are doing just this.
If this is truly a disease that needs aggressive marketing to treat, then more power to the testosterone treatment manufacturers for recognizing this and finding treatments that make them a considerable profit. But, the problem with testosterone treatments is that it doesn’t just give your T levels a boost – it may also increase your risk of heart attack. And, according to the Lansing, Michigan AndroGel litigation, this increased risk of heart attacks has not been properly explained to the public.
According to recent studies and testosterone gel lawsuits, testosterone treatments can add huge numbers of red blood cells to your bloodstream and shrink your testes. In some men, it increases aggression and irritability. Children who accidentally come in contact with the hormone (because their father applies it topically) can develop unwanted pubic hair and genital changes.
AndroGel lawsuits representing clients from Lansing, Michigan and all over the U.S. note that new research has found that testosterone treatments could cause an increased risk of stroke, heart attack or even death. According to studies, men younger than 65 with known heart disease had a two-fold increase in risk of nonfatal heart attack shortly after initiation of testosterone therapy. Older men with a history of heart disease were 30% ore likely to suffer from an adverse event such as a stroke, heart attack or even death.
If you or a loved one experienced a serious cardiovascular problem such as a heart attack or stroke after using a AndroGel or any testosterone replacement treatment, you should consider contacting a Lansing, Michigan AndroGel attorney to explore your legal options. Lansing, Michigan AndroGel lawyers alleging heart attack and strokes from testosterone gels continue to be filed.
How should I hire a Lansing, Michigan AndroGel Attorney to represent me in my Lansing, Michigan AndroGel Lawsuit?
Currently five AndroGel lawsuits have been filed in federal court in Chicago. We expect more cases to be filed soon, although it is hard to predict which court will ultimately hear the testosterone gel litigation. Since AbbVie’s testosterone gel product, AndroGel accounts for 66% of the prescriptions in the market and AbbVie has its corporate headquarters in North Chicago, this is one option for the testosterone treatment litigation.
Making a decision about what lawyer to hire for your Lansing, Michigan AndroGel lawsuit is an important one. We suggest that you hire a law firm that has experience leading litigation against the largest drug companies, such as Abbott Labs and AbbVie. Lawsuits against large pharmaceutical companies, such as Abbott and AbbVie, require a lot of time, travel, and they cost a lot of money to litigate. This money is not paid by the client, your Lansing, Michigan AndroGel attorney should be the person fronting these expenses. You should not pay a dime unless, and until, you win your lawsuit. We suggest that you confirm this fact with any law firm that you talk with and you make sure that this law firm is willing to commit to the time, travel and expense required to litigate against a large pharmaceutical company.
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