A study published in 2007, in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, found nearly one in four men ages 30 to 79 have low testosterone. A growing number of American men have turned to testosterone therapy, or “Low T” drugs, to address this concern – often at the recommendation of a trusted doctor. Unfortunately, these medications have been associated with dangerous side effects and even death.
You may be entitled to seek compensation in a drug injury claim if you are a male under the age of 80 and have experienced life-altering or life-threatening side effects associated with low testosterone therapy drugs. Below is information to help you understand your options as you seek physical and financial recovery.
A List of Potentially Dangerous “Low T” Drugs
Testosterone replacement therapy is available under a variety of brand names, including:
- Testim; and
Dosing methods vary among drugs. A patient may take the drug in one of the following ways:
- topically (as a gel, spray, ointment or patch);
- as an injection; and
- via an implanted device.
Dangerous side effects are possible regardless of the brand name or method of delivery.
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“Low T” Drug Side Effects Warranting an Injury Claim
The use of testosterone replacement therapy drugs has been associated with a number of life-altering and potential deadly side effects. Side effects that warrant civil action include:
- prostate cancer;
- blood clots;
- congestive heart failure;
- pulmonary embolism;
- deep vein thrombosis;
- cardiac arrest;
- stroke; and
- heart attack.
Other side effects associated with “Low T” drugs may cause discomfort and a diminishment of the quality of life. These include:
- difficulty with urination;
- hair loss;
- headache; and
Seek prompt medical attention if you develop any side effects or symptoms associated with “Low T” drugs.
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Potential Damages in a “Low T” Drug Claim
Compensation in a drug injury claim will address your financial and physical damages and may include:
- medical bills (including for past injuries and future complications stemming from the use of the medication);
- lost wages;
- pain and suffering; and
An effective claim will seek money to compensate you for all of the ways in which you have been impacted by the use of a defective drug.
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Liability in a “Low T” Drug Injury Claim
There are two primary categories of liable parties in a drug injury claim stemming from “Low T” therapy drugs. These include:
- Drug manufacturer – You may hold the prescription drug company responsible in a product liability claim. This is based on their having produced and marketed a product with dangerous and potentially deadly side effects. Florida’s statute of limitations provides you four years in which to file such a claim.
- Prescribing doctors – You may hold your doctor liable for your injuries in a medical malpractice claim. This is true when a physician knowingly prescribes a medication with dangerous side effects or inappropriately prescribes a dangerous drug. Fort Lauderdale has a two-year statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims.
An attorney can examine the facts of your case to identify all liable parties. Our offices provide free, confidential case evaluations to those who have suffered injury because of a dangerous drug. Call Chalik & Chalik at (855) 529-0269.
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