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In Broward County and throughout South Florida, more and more men are becoming aware of the risks associated with using a variety of testosterone prescribed products which can include strokes, heart attacks, and even death. Men in a wide variety of ages — from early middle age to seniors and elders — are using Low-T products and as a result, are experiencing a higher risk of severe injury, particularly if they have a history of heart disease or cardiac problems.

As an experienced personal injury law firm serving Broward County, Alan Sackrin is concerned about these Low-T products and the harm that they have can cause. It is his position that the manufacturers of these testosterone therapies, in whatever form they have been marketed (gel, injection, etc.), have a legal and moral duty to warn men before they used these products that there was a potentially harmful and even fatal cardiac side effects if the Low-T products were used.  These cases, like most defective drugs cases, are difficult to prove.  Therefore, it is important to hire a lawyer with experience with defective drug cases and other serious personal injury matters.

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone that contributes to masculine traits in the human male. From birth until death, testosterone is produced by the testicles, but that production can be thwarted internally causing the amount of this vital hormone to drop or even stop altogether. Men having low levels of testosterone in their bodies, especially those that have little if any testosterone in their systems, run the risk of developing a variety of diseases or conditions, some of which can become very serious.

There are several reasons why a man may have low testosterone levels (”Low-T”) including a side-effect from chemotherapy as well as a genetic predisposition to low testosterone levels as they age. Other causes include injuries or malfunctions of the hypothalamus portion of the brain or of the pituitary gland, which should work together efficiently to signal the testicles to produce the hormone.

In times past, the importance of hormones generally, and testosterone especially, was not fully understood. However, as medical science progresses, more and more research has been done into testosterone and its impact upon bodily functions. Today, more is known about how testosterone works and the importance of this singular hormone to the proper working of the male human body.

In tandem with this growing scientific understanding has been the introduction of testosterone products into the marketplace. Companies have developed a wide variety of products to help men suffering from low testosterone levels. Unfortunately, some of these Low-T products have ended up injuring patients who were looking to them to help make them feel better and function more normally.

What are these dangerous Low-T Products?

In the United States, testosterone products must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they can be prescribed by doctors and used by patients. Several Low-T products have been given FDA approval over the years, including testosterone-dispensing products in the form of:

  • Topical gels (testosterone introduced through the skin)
  • Transdermal patches (testosterone introduced through the skin)
  • Buccal systems (testosterone introduced through the mouth and gums)
  • Injections (testosterone introduced through the blood stream).

You may recognize these testosterone therapies under their product names, including:

  1. AndroGel
  2. Axiron
  3. Bio-T
  4. Depo-Testosterone
  5. Foresta
  6. Testim

FDA Warnings Regarding Testosterone Products

After some of these Low-T products were approved by the FDA and released into the American home, problems became so apparent that the FDA was forced to issue warnings about their use. These included topical gel Low-T products where children were being harmed by absorption of testosterone through exposure to a man who was using the gel on his skin (this is called “secondary exposure”).

More FDA Problems with Low-T Products

By June 2014, the serious dangers involved with Low-T products became very obvious to everyone. Cases of Low-T products causing lots of harm (and death) were happening all around the country, causing the FDA to issue a general, overall warning about all testosterone products being dispensed to patients in the United States. All testosterone products in the future will have to a warning of the risk of blood clots developing in the human body as a side effect of using a Low T product. However, it’s too late to warn those who already have been using or have used the Low-T products before the federal government forced the manufacturers to warn about the dangers inherent in using their products.

These life-threatening dangers here include:

  • venous thromboembolism (VTE;)
  • deep vein thrombosis (DVT); and
  • pulmonary embolism (PE).

This blood clot danger is distinct from others that are resulting from the use of testosterone products. Other Low-T risks include the dangers of using testosterone products that have been prescribed by a physician only to result in:

  1. Stroke
  2. Heart attack
  3. Wrongful death.

The federal government is asking for information regarding any harmful or fatal consequences of using a testosterone product be reported to the FDA’s Adverse Reporting Program. Both health care professionals as well as patients and their families are asked by the FDA to report any adverse reactions either online or by fax ( 1-800-FDA-0178).

Testosterone Injury Claims: Low-T Lawsuits

If you or a loved one have been the victim of VTE, DVT, or have suffered a heart attack, stroke, or other serious side effect while using a Low-T product, then as a Broward County Testosterone lawsuit lawyer, we may be able to assist you in pursuing a claim for damages and justice from those responsible for your harm, including asserting claims for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Speak To An Experienced Board Certified Florida Trial Lawyer

If you have suffered an injury from using a dangerous or defective pharmaceutical product, please contact Alan Sackrin today for a free consultation and case evaluation. Alan Sackrin’s 30+ years of experience handling injury cases makes him qualified to handle even the most complicated defective drug cases. Alan is a Board Certified trial lawyer which means he is a trial specialist with an emphasis in injury related matters. You can contact him by phone at 954-458-8655 or by e-mail through this web site to schedule an appointment and learn more about your rights. He offers a free initial consultation.

 

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