AbbVie Ordered to Pay $3 Million in AndroGel Lawsuit
Several medical treatments on the market today claim to increase testosterone production. However, consumers should be cautious of those prescribed by doctors — some product manufacturers, including the company that produces AndroGel, face legal consequences due to their products extreme side effects.Why is Medication Necessary?
Testosterone is the male sex hormone responsible for the growth and development of the male sex organs in addition to the maintenance of the secondary masculine traits. Only a doctor can accurately diagnose low T. A physical exam is necessary, as well as hormone testing and possible imaging to rule out tumors and other causes.
Men who experience gonadal deficiency, or hypogonadism, may experience the following symptoms:
- Loss of body hair;
- Breast growth;
- Reduced growth in male sex organs;
- Low or absent sex drive;
- Erectile dysfunction;
- Hot flashes;
- Difficulty concentrating; or
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is widely used and accepted for those diagnosed with low testosterone. Several TRT options are available through prescription. These medications come in injectables, gels, lozenges, or patch varieties.
One alternative that was prescribed more often than any other at the height of its popularity is AndroGel. The medication claims to raise testosterone levels to normal levels through a topical gel that absorbs into the body through the skin. The drug hails as a life-changing medication; however, for many, the side effects are less than desired and include the following:
- Pulmonary embolism;
- Heart attack;
- Arrhythmia; and
- Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA).
In a recent verdict, a judge awarded a man $3 million in punitive damages and $200,000 in compensatory damages after determining AbbVie, the product manufacturer of AndroGel, acted negligently, and thus resulted in the man's heart attack. More than 4,000 other lawsuits are pending against AbbVie. Other pharmaceutical companies also face trials for their TRT options. The numbers of injuries are alarming considering a recent study announced that many of those prescribed TRT do not meet the clinical guidelines for prescription qualification.Seek Legal Counsel
If you sustained injuries while taking Testosterone Replacement Therapy, please contact a San Jose, CA medical malpractice attorney immediately. Your doctor may be negligent by prescribing unnecessary medical treatment. Call Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. at (408) 289-1417 to discuss your options in a free, no-obligation consultation. Using a skilled attorney to assist with your medical malpractice claim can make a huge difference. Our offices are conveniently located in downtown San Jose where we serve clients throughout California.Sources