FDA Warns About a Connections Between Testosterone Therapy and Heart Attacks


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.”

vakonesh.com_4703de4851b2df8563f5dc205592d0deAs 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/




Zofran Connected to Bith Defects

All over the country, expectant mothers took the prescription drug, Zofran, with the hope that it would ease their nausea during pregnancy without hurting their unborn child. Now, GlaxoSmithKline, the company that made the drug is going to have to attend a Massachusetts court where it will be determined whether or not the drug was responsible for more than 50 birth defects.

When the company was first served with the court papers, they petitioned the court system to let the case be heard by the Pennsylvania court, but their request was denied on the grounds that the Pennsylvania location made it difficult for the 50 plaintiffs involved in the case to be on location for the hearing, plus the courts in Pennsylvania were already over loaded with other court cases.

While a great deal of publicity around the lawsuit has been focused on the involved parties bickering over where the trial will take place, everyone has agreed that the entire case needs to be resolved as quickly as possible since the number of birth defects being blamed on Zofran continue to climb.

Doctors had prescribed the drug to patients who suffered from severe morning sickness. The problem was that the expectant mothers were never properly warned that if they took the drug, they could be putting their child at risk of developing a congenital birth defect. Common problems that have been linked to the drug include cleft lips, heart trouble, and developmental delays.

When young mothers started to notice a connection between their child’s birth defects and the prescription drug, a Danish study was performed. The results indicate that infants who were exposed to Zofran during gestation were up to 4 times more likely to have a heart defect and 2.37 times more likely to have a cleft palate.

The company doesn’t deny that Zofran could have caused the birth defects, but they say they never suggested the drug be used to treat morning sickness during pregnancy. According to them, the medical community was told that Zofran was only to be used to treat nausea caused by chemotherapy and surgical anesthesia. GlaxoSmithKline maintains that if pregnant women were prescribed Zofran, the fault lies with their OB/GYN, not the drug’s manufacture.

When you’re an expecting mother, you do everything in your power to make sure your child is healthy and happy at birth, and that includes taking the medication that is prescribed to you by your doctor. While you now know that Zofran isn’t something you should take, there’s always a new prescription drug that could be wrongfully prescribed, which is why approximately 270 deaths per day are connected with improper use of prescription drugs.

If you feel that your life has been damaged as the result of poorly administered prescription drugs the best thing you can do is contact a medical malpractice attorney in Tampa. Based on the details you provide and information they collect from neutral third party sources, the medical malpractice attorney in Tampa will advise you about whether or not you should file a lawsuit.

The sooner you contact a medical malpractice attorney in Tampa, the sooner you will get the compensation you deserve.

Intersection Dangers

ScreenshotIntersections can be the most dangerous part of anyone’s daily commute. These planned points of conflict occur on Local streets, state and U.S. highways, or county roads. Cars, pedestrians, and cyclists all converge in one spot and are forced to negotiate safe passage.  Successfully addressing intersections is a major factor in road safety challenges we all face. According to an article written for U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, “Red-light running is a serious intersection safety issue across the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Report, there were more than 2.3 million reported intersection-related crashes, resulting in more than 7,770 fatalities and approximately 733,000 injury crashes in 2008.”

Intersections can become congested when traffic volumes are high. This causes inefficiencies and user delays that result in increasing frustrations and poor judgment. Personal injuries in Ocala Florida were numerous. In 2013 the Florida Highway Patrol issued 122 citations, city police agencies issued 259 citations, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office issued 36 citations, all for red light running. An estimated 165,000 people are injured by red-light runners annually.   

To help mitigate the risks intersections pose and reduce the amount of personal injuries, Ocala must come up with diverse strategies to address intersection safety.  Engineering based strategies, which includes geometric design and the application of traffic control devices (such as signs, markings and signals) need to be utilized to successfully design a safe system for our intersections.  Those strategies alone will not solve the problem. It is equally important to involve education and enforcement measures.

In an effort to educate and further reduce the amount of personal injuries, Ocala residents are encouraged to read the following excerpt from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. An article entitled “10 things we bet you didn’t know about red light running” sheds further light on the subject.

“Ten Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Red-Light Running”

  1. You or your loved ones are more likely to be injured due to a red-light running related crash than any other type of crash.
  2. Running red lights or other traffic controls is the most common cause of all urban crashes.
  3. Someone runs a red light an average of every 20 minutes at urban intersections
  4. In the last decade, red-light running crashes killed nearly 9,000 people
  5. An estimated 165,000 motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are injured annually by red-light runners.
  6. Half of the people killed by red-light runners are not the signal violators, they are passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  7. Nearly 93% of drivers believe running a red light is unacceptable, yet 1 in 3 drivers reported doing so in the past 30 days.
  8. There are an average of 7 fatal crashes and over 1,000 injury crashes EVERY DAY at signalized intersections across the United States.
  9. The cost to society of all crashes exceeds $230 billion annually.
  10. The tragedies and costs resulting from red-light running are preventable!”

(For the full article go here http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/redlight/brochure.cfm).

Intersection safety is not only a national or state priority, it is also local priority. If you are the victim of a signal violator and have suffered a personal injury in Ocala or Marion County, seek legal advice immediately. Olsen Law Firm, PA has an established reputation in the community for their devotion to helping victims of negligence.  Contact them today for a free conciliation.