Corpus Christi Drug Injury Lawyers
AndroGel is a product that is used to treat low testosterone levels in
men, a condition commonly referred to as “low-T.” Abnormally
low levels of testosterone can cause fatigue, low fertility, and loss
of libido. The problem is that treating these conditions with AndroGel
can cause blood clots, heart problems, and strokes.
If you suffered injuries or complications or if you’re loved one
died after taking AndroGel, reach out to the experienced Corpus Christi
dangerous drug lawyers at Bandas Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.
We can help you determine if you have grounds for an AndroGel lawsuit
and, if so, can help you pursue the full, fair compensation you are owed
for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Call our firm today at (361) 238-2789 or contact us online for a free,
confidential consultation. Se habla español.
Failure to Warn
Virtually any drug can have side effects. When it comes to AndroGel, attorneys
for plaintiffs harmed by the product base their arguments largely on the
premise that manufacturers failed to inform consumers of the potential
risks. In fact, they’re overly zealous in marketing their products to men.
In 2015 alone, the pharmaceutical company AbbVie spent approximately $80,000.000
on marketing AndroGel. The campaign worked because the company realized
over one billion dollars in sales from AndroGel. At no point did they
mention any of the potential side effects.
What Exactly Is Androgel?
AndroGel is a synthetic testosterone product that is mixed with alcohol
and formulated into a gel base. The patient applies it to the skin, where
it dries and is then delivered into the body. It’s expensive—about
$500 per month—but some insurance companies include it in the drugs
that they will cover. It comes in two strengths: 1%, which is applied
to the shoulders, upper arms, and abdomen and 1.62%, which is applied
only to the shoulders and upper arms.
How Does It Work?
AndroGel increases the amount of testosterone in the body. The goal is
to raise the patient’s testosterone level to that found in a man
with a typical, healthy testosterone level. However, if the man uses sunscreen
or moisturizing lotion, he will absorb more than is necessary. This isn’t
information that is commonly presented by the manufacturer of AndroGel,
and an attorney may well have a cause of action for a client who has been
harmed by this failure to inform.
Since AndroGel contains alcohol, patients are advised not to smoke or be
near an open flame when applying the gel.
Because AndroGel sits on the skin before being absorbed, people who are
in contact with the patient are advised to avoid touching the patient
until the medication has been absorbed. Men using AndroGel are advised
to cover themselves with clothing before coming into contact with other
people and to wash the site where the AndroGel was applied before contacting
another person skin-to-skin.
Secondary exposure can result in:
- Early puberty in children
- Genital enlargement
- Increased libido
- Increased body hair and acne in women
- Advanced bone age in children
- Aggressive behavior
If you have had secondary exposure to AndroGel, see an attorney and, of
course, a doctor.
AndroGel has been linked to strokes and heart attacks. It has also been
- High cholesterol
- Prostate cancer
- Reduced sperm count (sometimes irreversible)
- Larger red blood cells, which can lead to clotting and stroke
- Gynecomastia (more commonly referred to as “man boobs”)
- Sleep apnea
Past Lawsuits against AndroGel Manufacturers/Distributors
In February of 2014, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie were sued by five men,
ranging in age from 50-63, who alleged that they had suffered strokes
and/or heart attacks as a result of using AndroGel. One plaintiff claims
that he began using AndroGel because company advertising led him to believe
erroneously that he had low testosterone, while also minimizing health
risks that they knew about or ought to have known about.
If you or someone you care about took AndroGel or another testosterone
supplement and suffered a blood clot, heart attack, or stroke, you are
strongly advised to contact an AndroGel attorney for advice and in order
to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Speak to a Corpus Christi dangerous drug attorney at our firm; call Bandas
Law Firm, P.C. at (361) 238-2789 for a free consultation today.