All over the country, men take part in testosterone therapy in and attempt to help reduce their fatigue while also regaining their sex drive. Most men feel the testosterone therapy is a great deal when they start using it, but now many wonder if it was a poor decision on their part, and that instead of helping them feel younger, the therapy is destroying their health.
Many, including Robert Knapik, have filed lawsuits in an attempt to recover lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
“I was extremely tired and run down. I felt horrible.” Knapik said when questioned why he started to use testosterone therapy, after his doctor determined that his natural levels of the hormone were low and advised him to use the testosterone drug, Axiron. “I thought I was going to be able to run around the block.”
Things didn’t get better, in fact they got worse when just three months after starting testosterone therapy he developed severe pain in both his arm and chest and realized he was having a heart attack.
Knapik’s experiences aren’t unique. There are currently several hundred testosterone lawsuits in court systems throughout the United States that tell the stories of men, who like Knapik started the therapy only to develop cardiovascular problems which studies now conclusively link to the testosterone.
Several of the cases are being handled by Attorney Brian Perkins who believes Axiron manufactures aren’t being accurate when they market the testosterone to patients. “These companies are playing on everybody’s desire to find the fountain of youth.”
When questioned, Knapik explained that when he decided to use Axiron he was unaware of a potential link between the drug and heart attacks, and that if he had, he might have made a different choice.
A Northwestern Medicine endocrinologist, Dr. Mark Molitch, is involved in a study designed to determine exactly how testosterone impacts the cardiovascular system feels that each person is going to respond differently to the therapy program. He feels that some might feel younger shortly after starting the program, while others will have to pay careful attention to the health of their heart after starting the treatment. When asked about his study, which is expected to end soon, he said, “I think the results will probably influence the way patients and physicians feel about the benefits and the safety of testosterone therapy.”
As many of the testosterone lawsuits make their way into the pretrial discovery phase, the plaintiffs and their lawyers are eager to learn exactly how the testosterone drugs were researched and how well the manufactures understood the potential side effects before they began marketing the drugs. Many anticipate that if the trials ultimately favor the plaintiffs that the final results may change the way pharmaceutical companies currently promote the drugs that are considered “off label” and have been used to treat medical conditions despite having not garnered FDA approval to be used in that manner.
“The pharmaceutical companies these days are willing to take the chance and promote drugs off-label when they do not know the risks and benefits for that,” Brian Perkins said.
The FDA recently announced that the drugs used for testosterone therapy have to make sure that the possible drug side effects listed on the label include strokes, heart attacks, and blood clots.
If you’ve taken testosterone therapy and suffered a heart attack, contact an experienced attorney who will help you understand exactly what your legal rights are and determine if you should file a testosterone lawsuit. More information you can find at http://www.rxinjuryhelp.com/