Our lawyers are pursuing potential lawsuits for men who suffered serious injuries after undergoing treatment with the testosterone supplement Testopel. According to new research, Testopel may increase users’ risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and sudden death. Testopel is prescribed to treat decreased testosterone levels, a condition referred to as ‘Low T.’
Free Testopel Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by the side effects of Testopel, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Testopel and we can help.
What is Testopel?
Testopel is an FDA-approved pellet formulation of testosterone supplement prescribed to men with low or absent naturally-occurring testosterone levels. Testopel is purported to increase sex drive, strengthen bones, and build muscle in middle-age and older men. Testopel is made by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, and was approved by the FDA in 2008.
Testosterone Boosters May Increase Heart Risks
Tune into any television program, and you’re almost sure to see a commercial claiming how testosterone boosters like Testopel can cure Low T, and put a much-needed spark back into the lives of men of a certain age. These advertisements have proven to be extremely effective. Nearly 3% of American men over the age of 40 are now taking prescription testosterone boosters. According to Bloomberg News, sales of testosterone supplements may surpass $5 billion within the next five years.
However, research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2013 raised questions about the wisdom behind the testosterone supplement fad. The study found that among males with a pre-existing history of heart problems and low testosterone levels, the use of testosterone boosters increased the risk of heart attack, stroke and sudden death.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center examined the records of more than 8,700 men with low T levels who had a coronary angiography in the Veterans Affairs system from 2005 to 2011. Out of nearly 7,500 men who were not prescribed testosterone supplements, about one in five had negative cardiovascular outcomes including stroke, heart attack and sudden death. In over 1,200 testosterone users, nearly 1 in 4 suffered these complications, an increased risk of nearly 30%. The researchers concluded that using testosterone boosters was associated with an increased risk of serious health consequences.
FDA Requires Heart Attack, Stroke Warning to be Added to Testopel 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.
Testopel Side Effects
Serious side effects of Testopel may include:
- Heart attack
- Blood clot
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Transient ischemic attacks
- Brain damage
- Sudden death
Other, less severe Testopel side effects may include:
- Hair loss
- Trouble sleeping
- Change in sexual desire
- Redness/swelling of the skin
- Change in skin color
Testosterone Prescribed Recklessly: A Recipe for Disaster
While the controversy over the practice of testosterone supplementation continues, it’s clear that pharmaceutical manufacturers are reaping the rewards of selling highly profitable products. However, at least one company has come under scrutiny for its marketing tactics. According to a report by McClatchy, a recent whistleblower lawsuit alleges that Solvay Pharmaceuticals used improper sales practices to market Androgel.
The Food & Drug Administration approved Androgel for the treatment of hypogonadism, but Solvay allegedly recruited physicians to help it “ride (the) coattails of Viagra” by encouraging them to screen patients seeking Viagra for decreased testosterone levels. A former sales manager named in the lawsuit attributes Androgel’s impressive sales to Solvay’s decision to market the product for ‘off-label’ purposes, even though it wasn’t approved for the treatment of erectile dysfunction like Viagra is.
Potential health risks and aggressive advertising campaigns for off-label uses often form a recipe for negligence. Pharmaceutical companies that rush a product to market without proper approval often end up accused of inadequate testing or concealing possible health complications. When they neglect to protect the public and warn about these issues, they may be held liable for any injury or death resulting from their negligence.
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 Testopel 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 Testopel Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Testopel injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Testopel Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Testopel side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Testopel Suit and we can help.