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Testosterone Ads Likened to ‘Disease Mongering’

Men’s health experts have declared that the sales pitch used for many testosterone replacement therapy products amounts to outright disease mongering and should be banned.

In a new editorial, men’s health experts have declared that the sales pitch used for many testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) products — that the hormone can cure sagging libidos and restore youthful energy levels in older men — amounts to outright disease mongering and should be banned.

Free Testosterone Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a testosterone supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the testosterone drug and we can help.

What’s the Problem?

Over the last decade, prescriptions for testosterone supplements have increased 10-fold in the U.S., according to an editorial published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). This massive growth has been driven in large part by direct-to-consumer advertising of the products, say authors Thomas Perls, a professor at Boston University and geriatrician at Boston Medical Center, and David Handelsman, a professor at the University of Sydney in Australia.

Perls says testosterone makers “market the idea that men go through something similar to menopause, where they have these marked declines in testosterone and all these symptoms that we normally attribute to aging. They say ‘If we give you testosterone, it will reverse the problem.’ It was a wildly successful ad campaign. We consider it to be disease mongering.”

The authors’ critique comes just weeks after the FDA issued strict new rules for the companies that promote testosterone supplements. The agency ordered labels to be changed to make it clear the drugs should only be prescribed to patients with diseases like hypogonadism or injuries that cause clinically low levels of testosterone, and that the supplements may increase the risk of cardiovascular complications. Additionally, FDA ordered testosterone makers to conduct post-marketing studies to better understand the risks associated with testosterone therapy.

But Perls and Handelsman argue the FDA doesn’t go far enough. They’re calling for the agency to outlaw testosterone advertising for “contrived” medical conditions such as “Low T” or “andropause,” a term used to describe male menopause. The authors are urging the FDA and Health Canada to require physicians to demonstrate that testosterone recipients have a clinically verifiable disease that requires treatment.

“Normally the FDA does not allow advertising of products for indications that they have not approved,” Perls says. “The FDA has said aging is not an indication. Well let’s take that a step further and say you can’t advertise testosterone for something called Low T. That’s not an approved indication.”

But it’s more than just advertising that has driven testosterone sales, write Perls and Handelsman. They also warn of “lax” professional guidelines for prescribing the supplements they say exaggerate the definition of hypogonadism. Some new criteria suggest that men whose blood tests show low levels of the hormone — and who report generalized symptoms such as decreased energy and lowered sex drive — may be candidates for TRT, even if they don’t qualify under the traditional definition of hypogonadism, the authors say.

Prescriptions for testosterone supplements nearly doubled to 2.3 million in the 3 years ending in 2013, according to the FDA. That drove sales of products like AndroGel and Axiron to $2 billion a year, with AbbVie taking the lion’s share of the market, according to IMS Health. But the FDA reports that a quarter of men who received the prescriptions never even had their testosterone levels tested.

Can I File a Testosterone Lawsuit?

Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a testosterone supplement, 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 replacement therapy (TRT) products, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that the supplements’ manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of heart attack and other severe cardiovascular side effects.

How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?

By filing a lawsuit against the maker of a testosterone booster, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your heart attack or other health problem, 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 testosterone injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Testosterone Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by a testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) drug, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Testosterone Suit and we can help.

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