The Nature of the Problem
Middle-aged men in their 30s, 40s and 50s often experience normal physical changes which coincide with the aging process and the body’s natural decrease in production of testosterone. The symptoms associated with low testosterone include changes in sexual activity, changes in sleep patterns, physical changes and emotional changes. However, these symptoms do not always indicate low testosterone.
Rates of low testosterone or “low T” diagnoses have increased dramatically over the last decade. In fact, thousands of men in the U.S. have used hormone replacement therapy for low testosterone. The therapy involves using testosterone in the form of injections, pellets, patches or gels, which are applied topically, or over the skin.
The Risk Involved in Use of Testosterone Drug Therapy – Heart Attack & Stroke
Over the last few years, several studies have shown that testosterone drug therapy can increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks. For instance, a November 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Association of Testosterone Therapy With Mortality, Myocardial Infarction, and Stroke in Men With Low Testosterone Levels, revealed that use of testosterone drug therapy in men with previous heart problems was associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes, particularly stroke and myocardial infarction (heart attack). This study was actually ceased prematurely due to “adverse cardiovascular events raising concerns about testosterone therapy safety.”
Drug Company Liability
The pharmaceutical drug industry is one of the largest industries in the world. As of 2012, annual net profits of some of the world’s largest drug companies totaled nearly $100 billion, and much of that income comes from the U.S. drug market. With such huge profits at stake, it’s no surprise that drug companies often put profits before people.
Drug companies may be held liable for developing, producing and marketing drugs which are not safe for their reasonably intended uses, and in some cases, reasonably foreseeable misuses. Drug companies can be held liable for:
- negligent failure to provide warnings about known risks associated with a drug,
- intentional failure to provide warnings about known risks associated with a drug,
- manufacturing a defective drug, and
- violating state or federal drug marketing laws.
Drug companies may be ordered to pay those injured by drugs. Financial compensation may include payment for the following:
- past and future medical bills,
- past and future lost earnings,
- past and future pain and suffering, and
- in some cases, punitive damages.
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