If you’re a middle age man, you’ve probably seen commercials telling you to talk to your doctor about the benefits of testosterone supplementation. If you’re tired, depressed or your sex drive isn’t what it used to be, the commercials warn you may have ‘Low T’, and could benefit from a supplement like Axiron. What the commercials don’t tell you is that in some men, testosterone boosters may cause heart attack, stroke, blood clots, or death.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by the side effects of Axiron, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: FDA Warns About Addictive Risks of Testosterone Supplements
January 18, 2017 – All prescription testosterone products are now required to carry FDA warning labels to inform consumers about the health risks associated with TRT abuse and dependency on the supplements. The agency’s warnings were prompted by a large body of scientific literature which found that testosterone may abused by adults and adolescents, including athletes and body builders.
What is Axiron?
Made by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co., Axiron entered the U.S. market in 2010. Sales of the product instantly skyrocketed, reaching almost $50 million within a year of its approval, with Eli Lilly spending twice that on an ad campaign to promote the entire testosterone industry. The target audience were men over 30, the age when natural testosterone levels start to dip gradually. Low T can cause symptoms including:
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulty sleeping
- Physical and emotional changes
Axiron may help a man feel like more of a man, but it may also increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clot, pulmonary embolism, and other serious cardiovascular complications.
Recent studies have found that certain Axiron users may have an increased risk of being injured by side effects of the drug. In November of 2013, research in the Journal of the American Medical Association determined that men with naturally low testosterone levels who had a coronary angiography had a 29% increased rate of heart attack, stroke and death if they used testosterone supplements. Another study published by the Endocrine Society raised additional concerns, suggesting that a large percentage of men prescribed testosterone supplementation may have normal T levels, and do not meet treatment criteria, particularly in the United States.
Axiron Side Effects
Serious side effects of Axiron may include:
- Heart attack
- Blood clot
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Transient ischemic attacks
- Brain damage
- Sudden death
FDA Requires Heart Attack, Stroke Warning to be Added to Axiron Labels
March 3, 2015 – FDA issued a press release today announcing label changes that will be applied to all approved prescription testosterone supplements. The updated labeling warns that testosterone has been linked to heart attack, stroke, and other severe cardiovascular side effects, and that the supplements should not be prescribed to men for the sole purpose of treating symptoms associated with the normal aging process. Click here to learn more.
EMA Weighs in on Testosterone Heart Risks
On October 10, 2014, a report by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) stated that the evidence linking testosterone supplements to cardiovascular side effects was inconsistent, and that additional research into the matter is needed. However, EMA also stressed that TRT products should only be prescribed to men who have been clinically diagnosed with hypogonadism (low testosterone), and that the European Union has not approved the drugs for use in healthy, older men.
Axiron Heart Attack Lawsuit Filed in NJ
A New Jersey man recently filed a lawsuit against Eli Lilly & Co., alleging that the company failed to adequately warn about the heart attack and stroke risk associated with Axiron, according to The New Jersey Law Journal. Plaintiff Patrick Miller of Hopatcong, NJ, started taking Axiron in September 2012, and had a heart attack a month later. According to the complaint, Miller’s doctor would not have prescribed him Axiron if he had known the potential health risks.
Axiron Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit Filed in MI
On Oct. 6, 2014, a product liability lawsuit was filed against Eli Lilly & Co. on behalf of a 70-year-old man who allegedly had a pulmonary embolism after using Axiron for less than 6 months. As a result of his injuries, the plaintiff claims he will have to take prescription medication for the rest of his life to prevent additional vascular complications, and faces an increased risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke or sudden death. Click here to learn more.
Injured by Axiron? Demand Compensation Now.
Acclaimed medical organizations like the Mayo Clinic have stated that testosterone supplementation should only be considered in men whose Low T levels are the result of a documented medical condition, not just the natural aging process. A heart attack, stroke, or blood clot is a high price to pay to treat the natural symptoms of aging. Don’t men deserve to know about these risks before using Axiron?
Additional Resources & Information
- First Status Conference Scheduled in Testosterone Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation
- Judicial Panel Denies Pfizer’s Attempt to Exclude Depo-Testosterone Lawsuits from Consolidation
- FDA Requests Blood Clot Warnings on Labels of Testosterone Supplements
- Public Citizen Calls for Black Box Warning on Testosterone Supplements
- Pfizer Argues Testosterone Lawsuits Should Be Limited to Gel Formulations
Do I Have an Axiron Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Axiron Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Axiron side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.