CHICAGO, IL — According to The Bulletin, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and their former marketing partner, GlaxoSmithKline LLC have recently agreed to settle lawsuits for complications with Endo’s testosterone-replacement drugs (TRT drugs) Testim. This announcement comes shortly after well-known drug maker Eli Lilly settled a global lawsuit over its testosterone drug, Axiron. With more than 6,000 testosterone related drug lawsuits pending in court, this may be only the beginning of settlements to follow.

The cases above all have a similar complaint from plaintiffs. They claim that the companies did not properly warn patients of potentially serious health risks that could include heart attack, stroke, fatal blood clots, and death. Other claims included using overly aggressive marketing tactics by GlaxoSmithKline will also be considered in the settlement.

A spokeswoman for Endo and Auxilium, Heather Zoumas Lubeski gave a statement to The Bulletin saying, “The parties are negotiating the terms of a potential settlement, subject to certain contingencies and conditions. The settlement will not involve any admission of wrongdoing or liability.”

What are the Criteria for Filing a Testosterone Lawsuit?

Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) products for men have been linked to an increased risk of deathheart attack, and stroke.

Testosterone therapy, such as the prescription topical treatments AndrogelTestim, 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
    • Stroke
    • 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

Other Testosterone Lawsuit Verdicts

In June 2014, testosterone cases were consolidated into a Multidistrict Litigation docket and moved to the Northern District of Illinois. At its peak, the MDL included 7,513 lawsuits.

Now, litigation is in the bellwether trial phase, which means a few representative cases were chosen to go to trial first.

AbbVie, manufacturer of Androgel, lost one bellwether trial in October 2017. A man who suffered a heart attack after using the drug was awarded $140 million in compensation.

In the same court, a different man was awarded $150 million in his case against AbbVie. However, the jury ordered AbbVie to pay only punitive damages and no compensatory damages, so the verdict was overturned a new trial ordered.

In both cases against AbbVie, the juries ruled that the company’s marketing tactics had downplayed the medication’s serious risks.

In a Philadelphia state court, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals settled a lawsuit brought against them over the testosterone drug Testim. The plaintiff, Robert Hoehl, claimed that Testim caused him to suffer a stroke.

Although a November 2017 Testim case against Auxilium ruled in favor of the company — Testim was not found responsible for the plaintiff’s heart attack — Hoehl’s lawsuit was settled in his favor in January 2018.

The Philadelphia judge denied requests to consolidate testosterone cases there into mass litigation, but at least 17 more lawsuits are scheduled for trial starting in June 2018.

Can I File a Testosterone Lawsuit?

Although many testosterone lawsuits are settled or underway, you can still file a claim if you were harmed by a testosterone drug.

If you contact one of our top-rated dangerous drug attorneys, we can start working on your case immediately.

There are several different TRT drugs that have been linked to serious side effects. These include:

BrandTypeManufacturer
AndrodermPatchActavis
AndrogelTopical GelAbbVie
AxironTopical SolutionEli Lilly
Bio-T-GelTopical GelTeva
DelatestrylTopical Solution, InjectionIndevus
Depo-TestosteroneTopical Solution, InjectionPfizer
FortestaTopical GelEndo
StriantTabletEndo
TestimTopical GelAuxilium
TestopelSubcutaneous PelletEndo

What are the Criteria for Filing a Testosterone Lawsuit?

If you meet the following criteria and have suffered the following complications, you are eligible 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
    • Stroke
    • 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

You may be entitled to a settlement. Our lawyers will advise you on your case and help you file your claim.

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How Do I Start a Testosterone Drug Claim?

Our drug lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:

  1. Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
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We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.

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