Testosterone treatments like Testopel may increase the chances that a man will experience a heart attack, stroke or blood clot, including a dangerous pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis. Thousands of men have taken the manufacturers of low-T therapies to court to obtain compensation for these dangerous cardiovascular complications.

Who Can File a Testopel Lawsuit?

Individuals eligible to file a Testopel lawsuit include men who suffered a life-threatening cardiovascular event while using this low-T treatment, as well as the surviving family members of men who died due to heart complications while using the drug. To determine if you might qualify to file such a claim, please contact the nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (888) 994-5118.

Testopel: What’s the Problem?

Testopel is a subcutaneous testosterone replacement pellet marketed by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals. The pellets are designed to be placed under the skin, where they can remain for up to six months. Testopel is approved to treat adult men who suffer from hypogonadism (low testosterone) due to some underlying medical condition. It is not known if Testopel is safe or effective to treat men who have low testosterone due to aging.

Testosterone treatments like Testopel have become the subject of controversy in recent years, as concerns have grown over their potential cardiovascular side effects. The methods used to market low-T therapy have also come under scrutiny, with critics charging that the drugs were wrongly promoted as safe and effective remedies for low libido, weight gain, fatigue and other issues associated with age-related hypogonadism. Read More

Testosterone Litigation News

  • June 2014: Federal testosterone lawsuits are consolidated in a multidistrict litigation established in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. The centralized proceeding will allow all product liability claims involving the alleged association between low-T therapy and cardiovascular complications to undergo coordinated pretrial proceedings, thereby eliminating duplicative discovery and inconsistent court rulings among similar lawsuits. Read More
  • April 2014: Plaintiffs who have filed testosterone treatment lawsuits in federal courts over the drugs’ alleged cardiovascular side effects have asked to have their cases centralized in a single jurisdiction. Read More

Low-T Therapy under Scrutiny

  • November 2013: A study of low-T therapy is published in JAMA, and suggests that use of these medications are associated with a 25.7% risk of cardiovascular side effects. By contrast, men who do not use prescription testosterone treatments face only a 19.9% of serious heart complications.
  • January 2014: Researchers writing in PLoS One report findings that indicate men over 65 were twice as likely to have a heart attack if they use testosterone replacement therapy. The same study finds that men under 65 with pre-existing heart disease are three times as likely to have a heart attack if they used the drugs.
  • January 2014: The FDA announced it was reviewing the safety of all low-T therapy, in light of studies that raised concerns that the drugs might increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes in certain men.
  • June 2014: The FDA orders new blood clot warnings for Testopel and other prescription testosterone treatments, including pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Read More
  • March 2015: Upon completion of its testosterone heart review, the FDA orders low-T manufacturers to add new warnings to their product labels regarding a possible association with heart attacks and strokes. Read More

Legal Help for Those Harmed by Testopel

If you or a man you care about suffered a heart attack, stroke or dangerous blood clot while using Testopel, now is the time to ensure your legal rights are protected. To learn more about filing a Testopel lawsuit, please call (888) 994-5118.

  1. JAMA (2013) “Association of Testosterone Therapy With Mortality, Myocardial Infarction, and Stroke in Men With Low Testosterone Levels” http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1764051
  2. PLoS One (2014) “Increased Risk of Non-Fatal Myocardial Infarction Following Testosterone Therapy Prescription in Men” http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0085805
  3. FDA (2014) “FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA evaluating risk of stroke, heart attack and death with FDA-approved testosterone products” http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm383904.htm
  4. FDA (2015) “FDA adding general warning to testosterone products about potential for venous blood clots” http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm401746.htm
  5. FDA (2015) “FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA cautions about using testosterone products for low testosterone due to aging; requires labeling change to inform of possible increased risk of heart attack and stroke with use” http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm436259.htm
Last Modified: February 23, 2016

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