CHICAGO — The U.S. District Court presiding over the federal testosterone lawsuits issued his case management plan for the Androgel trials. Judge Matthew Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued his outline on November 6, 2014, which establishes the process for a group a lawsuits involving the dangerous drug manufacturer AbbVie.
The Journal of the American Medical Association found in its 2013 report that testosterone treatments may increase the serious risk of heart attacks, blood clots, strokes, and even death in men. The various drugs are advertised as a solution for men who cannot produce enough testosterone and suffer from reduced sexual functions, energy, and muscle mass. The study looked at over 8,000 men who were diagnosed with low testosterone levels (or Low-T) and treated with testosterone therapy drugs. A second study in 2014 found that Low-T treatments double the risk of cardiac arrest in young men with a preexisting condition and in men over the age of 65.
In light of the increasing usage of testosterone therapy drugs and the men suffering from adverse side effects, the FDA conducted an investigation into the drugs’ labeling. Earlier this fall, an FDA advisory panel strongly recommended that testosterone therapy drugs need to be updated so as to limit who may receive a prescription. The panel recommended the labels specifically limit the use of testosterone therapy for health issues that can be explained by aging, such as decreased sexual functions or energy. Stricter labels will reduce the number of patients receiving the treatment and limit the insurance coverage. As the JAMA study noted, Low-T treatment is a booming market as there were over 5.3 million prescriptions and the market reached $1.6 billion in 2011 alone. The panel specifically called out AbbVie’s Androgel as an example of easy-to-use and easy-to-get testosterone drugs.
Androgel & AbbVie Lawsuits
AbbVie produced Androgel and another Low T testosterone replacement therapy drug. Victims of this dangerous product suffered from multiple serious side effects, including pulmonary embolisms, deep vein thrombosis, heart attacks, and other types of blood clots. There are currently over 200 testosterone trials being heard in federal court and all are being funneled to Judge Kennelly to streamline the process. The cases are divided into two tiers: 1) those involving victims who suffered pulmonary embolisms and other blood clots; and 2) those involving victims who suffered cardiac events (heart attacks) from taking Androgel and other AbbVie testosterone drugs. The final case grouping will be determined by October of next year and discovery will begin shortly thereafter. The judge plans to hear approximately one trial per month starting in October of 2016.
Judge Kennelly is also presiding over other lawsuits involving manufacturers of testosterone therapy drugs (gels and injections). While these cases are all in federal court, the discovery introduced at trial and the findings will influence future settlement and state cases.
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