Tens of thousands of men have been seriously injured after off-label promotion of testosterone replacement therapy. If you or someone you know is one of these men, file a free case review to see if you could be eligible for financial compensation.
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
As men age, the natural levels of testosterone produced by their body begins to decline. A decrease in this natural hormone can cause several problems, including erectile dysfunction, low-sex drive, lack of energy, as well as depression.
Testosterone therapy is used to treat one or more of these conditions by supplementing the body’s natural testosterone with either synthetic or bioidentical hormones. Synthetic hormones are created in a laboratory by scientists, but are not made to match the chemical makeup of natural testosterone, which could lead to more side effects. Bioidentical hormones are created in a lab and designed to match the chemical makeup of the body’s natural testosterone as closely as possible.
What is Off-Label Promotion?
When medications are granted approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they are done so under the condition that they are only to be prescribed for specific uses. When a doctor prescribes a medicine for a use other than those for which it has been approved, it is known as off-label promotion. Although this is a frequent practice, it is not always executed sufficiently, and can cause a myriad of problems for many patients.
Problems with Off-Label Promotion of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
While prescriptions of testosterone replacement therapy are intended to treat low T or hypogonadism as a diagnosed medical condition, off label promotions of such products are increasingly being used to treat symptoms of low T, rather than the actual condition itself. Many symptoms of hypogonadism are not a direct result of the actual condition, but merely a natural part of the aging process.
According to the Huffington Post, the FDA estimated that 1.5 million men were undergoing testosterone therapy in 2013, but roughly a quarter of them had not been diagnosed with low T. The article states that these men were being treated for symptoms rather than an actual medical condition, which comes with unknown side effects since the therapy had only been approved to treat low T.
What are My Legal Options?
With increased direct-to-consumer marketing of low T drugs, more and more men are being injured after off-label promotion of testosterone replacement therapy. Anyone who has suffered adverse side effects or complications after being prescribed testosterone replacement therapy should click here to file a free case review. A product liability attorney with experience will examine the details of your case and help you determine your best course of legal action.