As we have posted on our blog in recent months, more and more men are seeking treatment for low testosterone, known as low-T therapy, leading to an increasing number of lawsuits from those who claim they suffer adverse health effects.
Even though many men believe that the positive effects of low-T therapy outweigh the risks, Reuters reports that a public advocacy group is petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put a “black box warning” on the drugs – the agency’s most serious warning – based on growing evidence that the drugs can increase the risk of heart attacks and other serious cardiac issues.
- Why are people suing? As Bloomberg has reported, many patients who claim they suffered heart attacks and strokes caused by low-T therapy drugs have filed lawsuits. Pharmaceutical drug manufacturers have a responsibility to properly test drugs before releasing them for public sale, as well as a responsibiility to warn about known side effects. Failure to do either or both of these can lead to liability for injuries or fatalities caused by the drugs.
- Who can sue? Anyone who has suffered adverse health effects from low-T therapy can sue to recover for injuries. If a patient dies from an adverse effect of low-T therapy, his surviving relatives may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
- How much can victims get in a drug injury lawsuit? The amount of recovery in a drug injury lawsuit varies widely, depending not only on the severity of the victim’s injuries, but also whether the lawsuit has been given “class action” status. This is when a group of people, injured in a similar way, by the same product, sues a defendant as a group.
- What factors may affect a potential lawsuit? The success of any potential lawsuit stemming from a drug injury can depend on several factors, including being able to prove that your injuries were caused by the drug and not from another source. There may also be a statute of limitations in effect, which limits how long you can wait before filing a claim. So don’t delay in contacting a lawyer.
- Where can victims find a lawyer? If you have taken a low-T drug and believe you have suffered adverse health effects, contact one of our experienced Gacovino Lake lawyers to guide you at 1-800-246-HURT (4878) for more information.