Over 1,300 Testosterone Lawsuits Filed in Federal CourtApril 10, 2015 — Less than a year after federal judges consolidated all testosterone lawsuits in one court, more than 1,340 angry men have joined the litigation and claimed they were harmed by undisclosed side effects like heart attacks and strokes.

The Multi-District Litigation (MDL) against seven different manufacturers of testosterone supplements is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The first status conference is scheduled for April 21, where parties will discuss the progress of discovery efforts. The first trial is scheduled for the fall of 2016.

Lawsuits accuse AbbVie of “disease mongering” — an extreme tactic to boost sales that was developed in the marketing departments of pharmaceutical companies.

Lawyers involved in the litigation told Forbes that it is not uncommon for drug-makers to inadequately disclosing side effects, but “inventing a fake disease” is a nearly-unprecedented level of aggressive marketing.

Testosterone is only FDA-approved to treat hypogonadism, a rare hormonal decline caused by injuries, diseases, and chemotherapy. AbbVie is accused of endangering healthy men by marketing testosterone beyond its approved indications.

Late-night TV ads for products like AndroGel suggested that men should talk to their doctor about “Low T,” implying that the condition was widespread and testosterone therapy could treat everything from depressed mood to low libido, common complaints among aging men

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