A panel of judges has denied a request by Pfizer Inc. to exclude all lawsuits involving its Depo-Testosterone supplement from a newly-formed multidistrict litigation (MDL). According to Pfizer, only four complaints have been filed over Depo-Testosterone, compared to numerous lawsuits filed over other testosterone boosters like AndroGel, Axiron and Bio-T-Gel. The judicial panel, however, ruled against Pfizer and included Depo-Testosterone in the industrywide MDL which is currently pending in districts around the country.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured after taking a testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the supplement and we can help.
What’s the Problem?
Pfizer made the request after the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) was submitted a motion to transfer all testosterone lawsuits pending on the federal level to one court. A month earlier, another motion was filed with the JPML seeking to centralize only AndroGel lawsuits. According to court documents, plaintiffs allege that they suffered heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and other adverse health complications after using testosterone supplements.
In its motion to the JPML, Pfizer claimed that the 4 Depo-Testosterone Lawsuits currently pending will not overlap with lawsuits filed against other testosterone manufacturers, as suggested by the plaintiffs who requested the MDL. Additionally, Pfizer claimed that Depo-Testosterone is unique in that it is an injectable TRT supplement, and not a topical formulation like many of the other testosterone boosters on the market. The company also says that testosterone lawsuits focus on how manufacturers aggressively market their products through TV advertising, and that Depo-Testosterone is not marketed in this way.
The JPML acknowledged Pfizer’s concerns as it ordered all testosterone lawsuits transferred to U.S. District Court in Illinois, since most of the complaints were already filed in that district. The MDL included 45 lawsuits against:
- AbbVie and Abbot Laboratories, who make AndroGel;
- Endo Pharmaceuticals, who makes makes Fortesta;
- Eli Lilly and Lilly USA LLC, the makers of Axiron, and
- Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, who makes Testim.
The JPML’s transfer order also stated that at least 81 lawsuits potentially related to testosterone supplements are now pending in other district courts around the country, and plaintiffs suggest that these complaints “will number in the thousands.”
Can I File a Testosterone Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a Testosterone Lawsuit, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of testosterone supplements, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of cardiovascular complications.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of a testosterone replacement therapy product, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your injury, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I have a Testosterone Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Testosterone lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Testosterone Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured after taking a testosterone supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Testosterone Suit and we can help.