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European Union Agrees with FDA, Testosterone Therapy Is Too Risky for All

December 15th, 2014

The leading Medical Associations in the United States and European Union have reached a consensus on therapies promising to treat low levels of testosterone in older men, a condition also known as “Low-T.” The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already issued warnings about the use of Testosterone therapy treatments, advising consumers that the medications significantly raise the risk of serious blood clot and cardiac conditions. The European Union’s European Medicines Agency (EMA) reached a decision in November agreeing that it is best to limit use of Testosterone drugs to men with actual medical conditions preventing the release of normal levels of the hormone.

The decisions by the governing American and European medical agencies both discourage the so called “lifestyle” use of Testosterone therapy. The FDA voted by a margin of 14-1 back in September to restrict the use of Testosterone therapy drugs to men who have an actual medical condition, such as a tumor or genetic disorder, restricting the body’s normal release of Testosterone.  The EMA’s November decision aligns with this assessment by the FDA, noting that “Testosterone levels naturally fall somewhat with age, but restoration of these levels in healthy older men is not an authorized use of the medicine in the EU.”

Review of these products has come on the heels of several lawsuits filed by otherwise healthy men who suffered heart attacks or strokes following “lifestyle” use of testosterone products. “Lifestyle” uses of the products, which promise middle aged men a myriad of overall health benefits including improved energy levels, vitality and muscle tone, were marketed improperly by the testosterone product manufactures as safe and effective and did not recognize the potential cardiac risks.

The men involved in the lawsuits, aged 50 to 63, all claim to have suffered either heart attacks or strokes after taking the medication for “lifestyle” purposes. The plaintiffs also state that they were not properly informed of the medication’s risks prior to starting treatment, and are now paying the price for the manufacturer’s negligence.

If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary embolism after taking testosterone therapy, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced Defective Drug and Personal Injury attorneys at The Yost Legal Group at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529).

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