Depo-Testosterone Lawsuits are now being filed as men across the U.S. report injuries after receiving supplementation. New studies have found an increased risk of serious side effects in males who have undergone testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), or ‘low T’ treatment. Depo-Testosterone, which is prescribed to men with low t levels, may increase the risk of ischemic stroke, myocardial infarction and sudden death.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by the side effects of Depo-Testosterone, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Depo-Testosterone and we can help.
Update: FDA Updates Testosterone Warning Labels
January 18, 2017 – The FDA has once again revised and issued a warning to be placed on labels of prescription testosterone, also known as testosterone replacement therapy, of the potential increased risk of serious health problems. The concern stems from individuals abusing testosterone such as athletes and bodybuilders who may take doses much higher than prescribed and also tend to take them together with anabolic steroids.
What is Depo-Testosterone?
Depo-Testosterone is prescribed to men with low testosterone when the body no longer makes enough of the hormone. This is a documented medical condition known as hypogonadism. Depo-Testosterone may also be used to treat other problems as determined by the patient’s doctor. The drug works by replacing or supplementing natural testosterone in a man’s body.
FDA Requires Heart Attack, Stroke Warning to be Added to Depo-Testosterone 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.
Benefits and Risks of Testosterone Supplementation
Testosterone often gets blamed for the overly aggressive and competitive behavior many men display in their younger years. However, this same naturally-occurring hormone also gets a bad rap as men get older, although for a different reason. In middle-age and older males, it is low testosterone that has become a hot-button issue recently.
Natural testosterone plays an important role in many critical bodily functions, and decreased levels of this hormone can cause men to be tired, sluggish, disinterested in sex, and infertile. This is common in men as they get older. Approximately 4 in 10 males over the age of 45 have clinically low testosterone testosterone levels, according to statistics published by the American Urological Association.
While the testosterone replacement industry only generated approximately $325 million in sales in 2002, the market is currently nearly a $2 billion annual industry. This spike in growth was due largely to direct-to-consumer ad campaigns that described men who experienced symptoms such as depression, decreased energy levels and lowered sex drive as likely to be suffering from the effects of Low T.
“There’s been a lot of advertising, and every guy that comes in now asks about testosterone,” said Dr. Ryan Terlecki, a urologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “They’ve been led to believe that it’s a fountain of youth, but it’s not a cure-all.”
Testosterone Replacement Studies
A study in the journal PLOS ONE is the most recent in a growing body of research into the practice of testosterone supplementation. Although the specific mechanism by which cardiovascular side effects occur is still not clearly understood, many experts believe that testosterone supplements pose serious health risks, especially to males over 65, and to younger men with a history of heart disease. Within three months of beginning treatment, both groups had their risk of heart attack double.
Side Effects of Depo-Testosterone
Side effects of Depo-Testosterone may include:
- Heart attack
- Blood clot
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Transient ischemic attacks
- Brain damage
- Sudden death
Depo-Testosterone Stroke Lawsuit Filed in CA
July 31, 2014: A California man who allegedly had a stroke after using Depo-Testosterone has filed a product liability lawsuit against Pfizer Inc. According to court documents, plaintiff Gonzalo Menendez took Depo-Testosterone for less than 3 months before suffering multiple acute infarctions, placing him at risk for additional cerebrovascular accidents and sudden death. Click here to learn more.
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 a Depo-Testosterone Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Depo-Testosterone 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 the side effects of Depo-Testosterone, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.