Studies Link ‘Low T’ Drugs to Increased Heart Attack Risk
On Jan. 31, 2014, the FDA announced it was investigating the possible risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. This was prompted by recent studies documenting an increased risk of cardiovascular problems among men prescribed testosterone therapy.
A January 2014 study in PLOS One of more than 50,000 men found that testosterone drugs:
- doubled the risk of heart attack in men 65 and over.
- tripled the risk of heart attack in younger men with pre-existing heart conditions.
This study came on the heels of another in November 2013, which linked testosterone therapy not only to a heart attack but also to stroke, pulmonary embolism and other dangers — including a risk of death.
A Booming Testosterone Industry
From 2001 to 2011, the number of men taking testosterone therapy tripled. Yet only half of men taking testosterone therapy had been diagnosed with hypogonadism, the cause of very low hormone levels, According to a JAMA Internal Medicine study. Common testosterone medications include:
The rapid rise of this treatment is partly due to an expensive marketing campaign that presents the drugs as lifestyle products. With age comes a natural drop in testosterone levels in men, and this hormonal change can have unpleasant symptoms. The drug makers capitalize on this by redefining ordinary experiences as medical problems for which there is a treatment, researchers wrote in a 2013 article in JAMA Internal Medicine.
According to the New York Times, this advertising campaign cost more than $100 million in 2012. The article’s headline says it all: “Selling that New Man Feeling.”
Testosterone Manufacturers Are Accountable
Testosterone therapy industry has turned into a multibillion-dollar industry, with more than 5.3 million prescriptions sold in 2011. Pharmaceutical drug manufacturers are responsible for informing people of all negative effects and risks associated with their medications. If people are not provided this information, they cannot make the best choices about their health.
How many of the men who chose to take these drugs would have made a different decision if they knew this information?
Seek Legal Help
If you or a man you know has suffered adverse cardiac effects as a result of taking testosterone therapy, you should consult with an attorney to explore your legal rights. The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is committed to litigating these cases and placing accountability on the responsible drug manufacturers.
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