CHICAGO, IL — According to the Chicago Tribune, a federal judge has finally handed down a verdict for the high profile case concerning AbbVie’s testosterone replacement drug (TRT), Androgel. This retrial awarded Jessie Mitchell, an Oregon native, $3.2 million dollars in damages for his health complications because of Androgel. Unfortunately for Mitchell, this is only a fraction of the $150 million dollar settlement he could have earned back in July had the original verdict not been tossed.
Many claims have been brought against AbbVie due to Androgel over the years due to the serious medical complications patients were experiencing. One of these, which Mitchell experienced, is the risk of a heart attack. A similar complaint among the plaintiffs was that serious complications such as heart attacks, strokes, and many others were not sufficiently advertised or expressed to them as a concern. The company’s marketing tactics were also called into question as many of the ads were decptive, leading men to think the drug was similar to Viagra in helping them combat fatigue, low sex drive, and other complications that aging males can experience.
What is Androgel?
It is a testosterone product produced and distributed by AbbVie, Inc., an international pharmaceutical company. The company had total product sales of $1.52 billion dollars in 2012 and trades as ABBV on the New York Stock Exchange. AbbVie, Inc. is known to manufacture numerous prescription drugs and generic medications.
The gel contains a reservoir of testosterone and is applied topically to the skin. The drug is then delivered through the skin, in what is advertised as a safe and effective way to increase men’s natural testosterone levels. The manufacturers also claim that their formula protects other people from accidentally coming into contact with the drug through normal daily activities.
What are Serious Androgel Complications?
Recently conducted medical studies have identified a number of potential risks and complications associated with testosterone replacement therapy. Some of these problems include:
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Blood clots
Does Androgel Cause Heart Attacks?
Testosterone treatment of older men was associated with a significant increase of coronary artery plaque, a waxy substance that can build up, harden and reduce the flow of oxygen to the heart.The results of a study done reached this conclusion and were published in February 2017 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
On March 3, 2015, the FDA announced that it was requiring all manufacturers of testosterone medications to add warnings about an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Does Androgel Cause Strokes?
Stroke is most likely found on people with the following characteristics:
- Male, 60+ years of age
- Has used the drug for 2-5 years
- Low level of blood testosterone
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated the product labels as of January 2014. The revised labels clarify the approved uses of these medications and include information about the adverse effects the drug causes; specifically strokes and heart attacks.
What are the Criteria for Filing a Testosterone Lawsuit?
Testosterone therapy, such as the prescription topical treatments Androgel, Testim and Axiron, are used to help boost testosterone levels in men who have a deficiency of the male hormone. Symptoms of low testosterone include decreased libido and low energy.
Researchers found men who used testosterone therapy were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die after three years of use.
A second study found that men had a significant increase in risk of heart attack and stroke in just the first 90 days of testosterone therapy use. Furthermore, men who started the study with clear, unobstructed coronary arteries were just as likely to have a heart attack, stroke or die as men who entered the study with established coronary artery disease.
The following criteria must be met for a patient to file a testosterone lawsuit:
- Must be male
- Must have used name-brand TRT only, no shots
- Must have had one of the following injuries:
- Heart attack
- Myocardial infarction
- Blood clot
- Sudden cardiac death
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Cardiogenic embolism
- Blindness caused by blood clot to the eye
- Other injury caused by a blood clot
- If injury occurred while patient was taking TRT, must have been taking TRT for at least one month when the injury occurred
- If injury occurred after patient stopped taking TRT, must be no more than 30 days since discontinuation of TRT when injury occurred
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