What is Androgel Testosterone?
Androgel is a prescription strength topical medicine manufactured by AbbVie (formerly part of Abbott) that contains testosterone meant to be applied to the shoulders and upper arms. Androgel is prescribed for the purpose of treating men with low to no testosterone production.
Studies on Androgel Testosterone
Multiple studies have been performed on Androgel including studies by the Journal of the American Medical Association, PLoS One, Jama Network, and Dr. Charles Glueck. JAMA and PLoS One both found an increased likelihood of heart attack particularly in men over 65 while Dr. Glueck discovered increase risks of blood clots.
What are the Side Effects of Androgel Testosterone?
*Some of these side effects were added after the first few lawsuits began, including stroke, heart attacks, and blood clots.
- Heart Attacks
- Blood Clots
- Increase Red Blood Cell Count
- Thicker Blood
- Decrease in HDL Cholesterol
What has Happened in Lawsuits Related to Androgel Testosterone?
As of March 2018, there have been at least two multimillion-dollar jury verdicts against AbbVie Inc. While the first trial had to overcome a mistrial and then an overturned verdict, the re-trial ended with the jury awarding $200,000 in compensatory damages and $3 million in punitive damages. While not found strictly liable, the jury determined that AbbVie Inc. was negligent. The second trial ended in $140,000 in compensatory damages and $140 million in punitive damages. Both trials dealt with individuals who suffered heart attacks allegedly resulting from their use of Androgel and AbbVie alleged misrepresentation regarding Androgel. This litigation is often referred to as Low-T or Low-Testosterone.
Possible Recovery Includes
- Past and Future Medical Expenses
- Punitive Damages
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Consortium
Legal Help Is Available For Androgel Testosterone Users
If you or a loved one have been prescribed Androgel and have experienced any of the side effects noted above you may be entitled to compensation. In order to learn more about your legal options, you need to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call us directly at 318.541.8188 to schedule your free consultation today.