From The Desk of: Andy E. Bederman, Esq.
If you or a man you know suffered a heart attack, stroke, blood clots or death while on testosterone prescribed by their doctor, this may be the most important message you will ever read...
Here is why...
A recent and alarming study has revealed that men who take popularly prescribed testosterone are at a 30% increased risk of having a heart attack, stroke or experiencing death -- according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
These risks are associated with many popular testosterone products, such as:
Additionally, the study looked at the rate of heart attacks within the first 90 days of treatment. In men aged 65 and older, the risk more than DOUBLED. And in men under 65 who had a history of heart disease, the risk almost TRIPLED!
"That's equivalent to smoking one to two packs of cigarettes a day, or having sky-high cholesterol"
-- Dr. Fransico Lopez-Jiminez, Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic
Mary Schooling, a professor of public health at Hunter College who conducted an intense study associating testosterone treatment to adverse cardiovascular events, explains...
Testosterone increases the production of red blood cells, which can clump together or coagulate, essentially making blood thicker. That may be especially hazardous in men who have narrowed arteries because of aging and disease. There is a potential for harm, and people should know about this.
This shocking scientific research has prompted the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to swiftly release a safety announcement, warning men about the potential adverse cardiovascular risks that may occur with use of these popular testosterone products.
In fact, the FDA has even launched safety investigations because of the alarming link between testosterone use and heart attack, stroke and death.
Upon the release of these findings, there has been a flurry of news on TV and in the newspapers about the heart attacks, strokes and death reported in men because of testosterone use...
Anchorman Scott Pelley of CBS's Evening News broadcast an entire segment on testosterone and the latest studies linking it to these scary cardiac health risks...
The Evening News segment is worth watching because it explains the devastating consequences that are now coming to light. You can click play below to watch...
And CBS isn't the only TV news channel to be highlighting this alarming news...
Fox News Sunday Housecall, a show dedicated to health and medicine, discussed what they referred to as, "an amazing new warning from the FDA" about popular testosterone treatments.
On the show, Dr. David Samadi and Dr. Mark Siegel explain that an unbelievably high percentage (25% according to study) of men prescribed testosterone NEVER had their testosterone levels checked by their doctor before starting treatment! They continue to share their worries about men having heart attacks, stroke and death. You can watch it below...
Furthermore, news outlets are spreading this story across the world as the medical world shares their alarm and fears about testosterone treatments. Take a look at where this story of testosterone's health risks is showing up...
News of this is all over the place.
Dr. Steve Nissen, Chief of Cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic describes it best...
"We don't know very much about this therapy. What's going on is a giant experiment with American men's health at stake because we don't have the long-term data on the safety of these products."
-- Dr. Steve Nissen, Cleveland Clinic
While men suffer unknowingly from heart attacks, strokes and even death, annual prescriptions for testosterone supplements continued to rise more than five-fold from 2000 to 2011. In fact, an IMS Health research study found that 5.3 million prescriptions for testosterone were written in 2011 alone!
And in case you didn't realize how lucrative testosterone prescriptions are to the big drug companies, check out this jaw-dropping statistic...
Forbes reports that sales for testosterone totaled nearly $2 billion in 2012.
Why are sales in the billions and why have sales for testosterone doubled in just the last four years?
Dr. Steve Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic shares an observation...
"Once It Appears On Television With Seductive Ads That Make Men Think It's The Fountain of Youth, You're Going to See A Lot of Off-Label Usage"
-- Dr. Steve Nissen, Cleveland Clinic
And unfortunately, that appears to be precisely what is happening.
When we evaluated the other studies that looked at the pre-treatment blood (serum) levels of testosterone in men prescribed treatment by their doctors, we were shocked to see nearly half of the men treated didn't need it!
Why would a doctor prescribe testosterone if blood tests show an already normal level?
The answer to that question is because patients are being treated for a variety of symptoms that are NOT approved by the FDA to be treated with testosterone, such as fatigue and decreased libido.
The Journal of the American Medical Association study (the one showing the increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death), also discovered that 25% of the men in the study prescribed testosterone NEVER had their testosterone levels checked with a blood test!
So you have a significant amount of negligence taking place because the drug companies are marketing these products as the "fountain of youth" without warning doctors and patients of these health dangers.
NPR (National Public Radio) shared news of the recently discovered health risks of testosterone, and described perfectly how luring and enticing they make their drug seem...
In one frequently aired TV ad, a youthful-looking 50-something man owns up to having "Low T", which his doctor discovered after he complained of sagging energy and irritability. After taking Androgel, he's back in the swing of things, the ad suggests, riding around in a convertible with a younger-looking woman.
-- NPR (National Public Radio) Commentary About Recent Testosterone News
As attractive as the advertisements may be, not everyone is as happy with how Testosterone is being promoted to the public...
Forbes discovered that two years ago, a group of physicians and academics filed a complaint with the independent Pharmaceutical Advertising Advisory Board in Canada claiming that an advertising campaign for AndroGel "harmed public health by promoting unapproved uses and implying exaggerated effectiveness."
And these aren't the only doctors speaking publicly about their concerns...
Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, a senior adviser to the Washington advocacy group Public Citizen, explained that these testosterone drugs carry no mention of an increased risk on their labels or in their advertising materials.
In other words, YOU were never properly informed of the true risks and consequences of using their drugs!
The FDA publicly stated that right now heart attack is NOT on the warning label of these drugs and that it has launched safety investigations to look into these recently discovered health-risks.
And it's not just about the labels either...
Dr. Steve Nissen, Chief of Cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic said in USA Today, "the FDA should require companies that sell testosterone therapy to conduct rigorous clinical trials examining the medication's heart risks."
As you can see, there are strong beliefs that the drug companies have not been responsible in their legally mandated duty to properly TEST and LABEL their testosterone drugs.
If you or a man you love has suffered from one of the serious complications linked with testosterone therapy, including...
...there is something you can do today to greatly benefit yourself and your family.
As hard as it might be to imagine, you have been a victim of a drug that has defective and adverse consequences that were not.. 1) properly tested before widespread use, and 2) properly labeled to warn people of the real dangers they present if taken.
When you experience something so devastating as a heart attack, stroke, blood clots or even a death of a loved one through no fault of your own, your rights as a consumer might have been violated by the drug's manufacturer because they DID NOT fully disclose the extent at which their drug could cause harm to you or your loved one.
The drug companies that make these testosterone treatments are subject to STRICT guidelines and rules by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The FDA puts rules in place that require drug companies to fully disclose the widest range of side effects that have been seen in clinical trials.
...this is done so doctors and patients like YOURSELF can weigh the benefits of a particular treatment against the possible side effects and consequences of taking that treatment.
As a result of testosterone therapy, you or a loved one have likely suffered emotional and physical stress, along with unintended financial burdens -- like doctor or hospital visits, time off work, and more.
Why should you suffer and bear a financial burden for THEIR mistake?
If you are a victim of an adverse cardiac event because of testosterone treatment, you could be entitled to what is called "damages", which is just a fancy legal term for money awarded from individual lawsuits, settlements and class action lawsuits.
Why? Because when a drug manufacturer doesn't properly test their drugs or label their drugs with the serious risks that are linked to them, you and your doctor don't have the luxury to weigh the potential risks and benefits of using that drug...
...instead you and your doctor have to make decisions in the blind, totally unaware of the hidden dangers behind the misleading label.
Our legal team has reviewed the available evidence and research that has surfaced, and our experience in pharmaceutical liability cases tell us that we are in prime position to effectively represent clients who are victims of serious complications linked to testosterone therapy, including...
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