Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for men who were injured after using Testim, a prescription testosterone supplement. Side effects of Testim may include heart attack, stroke, blood clots, pulmonary embolism (PE), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), venous thromboembolism (VTE), brain damage and sudden death.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by the side effects of Testim, 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 Testim?
Testim is prescribed to men who have low or no naturally-occurring testosterone levels. The benefits of Testim have been purported to include enhanced sex drive, increased bone mass, and overall improved sense of well-being. In men with HIV or other chronic diseases, testosterone supplements like Testim may improve users’ mood and energy levels. However, Testim is considered to be a controlled substance due to the fact that it contains testosterone, which can be sought after by people who abuse prescription medications.
Medical Studies Highlight Potential Cardiac Risks of Testosterone Supplementation
A new study in the journal PLOS ONE found that some men face an increased risk of heart attack while using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) products like Testim. The research, which involved approximately 56,000 test subjects, found that men over the age of 65, as well as younger patients with a history of heart disease, had a doubled rate of heart attack in the three months after beginning treatment when compared to the year before treatment. The study also addressed the question of whether these men faced an increased risk of cardiac complications caused by an increase in libido resulting from elevated testosterone levels. When the study compared these patients to a separate group taking Viagra and Cialis (erectile dysfunction, or ED drugs), the men on ED meds did not experience more heart attacks.
Additional research published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found similar conclusions, determining that middle-age and older males had close to a 30% increase in stroke, heart attack and sudden death when using TRT supplements. Further supporting the link between testosterone and heart-related health complications, a 2009 study that was intended to address the question of whether testosterone gel could help older men build muscle mass was stopped early after several test subjects had heart attacks and other heart-related health complications.
FDA Investigating Heart, Stroke Risk in Testosterone Users
In January of 2014, the Food & Drug Administration announced that it was investigating the risk of heart attack, stroke and sudden death linked to prescription TRT supplements. FDA launched the investigation after reviewing the PLOS ONE study noted above, as well as the one published in JAMA. The administration recommended that while patients should not stop testosterone boosters without talking to their doctor first, healthcare professionals should consider whether the benefits of TRT outweigh the potential risks. FDA said it would announce its conclusions after it has looked at data from the studies and other available information.
FDA Requires Heart Attack, Stroke Warning to be Added to Testim 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.
Reports: TRT to Become $5 Billion Industry by 2017
Sales of testosterone boosters like Testim have skyrocketed in recent years, leading to allegations that they are being widely overprescribed. According to an article published in the New York Times, studies have found that one in four TRT users have never had their blood tested for hypogonadism, the only medical condition for which testosterone supplementation is approved. AndroGel, another testosterone booster, has also faced criticism for its “Low T Symptoms Quiz,” which asks men questions about symptoms that are so generalized (i.e. Do You Have a Lack of Energy?, Are You Sad or Grumpy?), nearly anyone could answer “yes” and consult their doctors about low testosterone levels.
Testim Lawsuit Filed in Maryland
Jan. 19, 2015 – A product liability lawsuit was filed today on behalf of a 62-year-old Maryland man who allegedly suffered a heart attack and stroke after using Testim. The complaint accuses Auxilium Pharmaceuticals of aggressively marketing Testim, yet failing to adequately warn the public and medical communities about the potential cardiovascular risks associated with testosterone supplementation. 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 Testim Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Testim 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 Testim side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.