WASHINGTON D.C. — Last month, a U.S. District Judge denied testosterone supplement producers’ motion to dismiss 39 lawsuits that alleged health complications resulting from the use of these drugs. The lawsuits had been filed against a variety of testosterone supplement makers, including the manufacturers of Androderm, Androgel and Testim, among many others. Although these products have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating hypogonadism or low testosterone levels, many lawsuits have been brought alleging severe side effects resulting from using the drugs.

These 39 cases were filed before the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which ordered that all federally-filed lawsuits brought against testosterone supplement manufacturers be consolidated as long as they allege similar injuries resulting from use of these supplements, including cardiac problems, blood clots/deep vein thrombosis, strokes or fatal complications. Now all related lawsuits – even if the manufacturer is different – will be consolidated to increase efficiency for both sides. Hundreds of testosterone lawsuits are currently pending. Other products that have lawsuits filed about them, besides the ones listed above, include Delatestryl, Fortesta, Axiron and Depo-Testosterone. Defendants include Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly and Company, Endo Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer, among others.

The motion to dismiss claimed that the plaintiffs’ allegations that testosterone supplements resulted in their injuries were not plausible and that medical studies that the lawsuits relied on had been debunked. However, in June of 2014, the FDA ordered manufacturers of these supplements to include additional health warnings on their labels as a result of recent studies about the possible severe side effects of testosterone and the publicity of the related lawsuits. Studies suggest that testosterone supplements can greatly increase your risk of having a cardiac episode, especially if you are older than 65 or have a history of cardiac problems. The risks have become particularly high in recent years due to over-diagnosing hypogonadism and also due to prescription of testosterone for off-label uses. The FDA specifically acknowledged the suspected link between the use of these supplements and the increased risk of blood clots/deep vein thrombosis development. The judge who denied the motion to dismiss cited the FDA’s studies in his order.

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