March 12, 2014 — Another lawsuit has been filed by a man who used AndroGel (testosterone gel) and had a stroke. The lawsuit was filed on March 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
The plaintiff, Gary White, is a 56 year-old resident of New York who used AndroGel from January 2011 to May 2011. He used AndroGel for symptoms he attributed to low testosterone after viewing advertisements. Before using AndroGel, he was very healthy and had no history of heart disease.
On May 30, 2011, White had a stroke (cerebrovascular accident). As a result, he must undergo routing medical testing, adhere to a strict diet, and take medication. He is also at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, additional strokes, and death. White alleges that if he had known about the risk of stroke, he would not have used AndroGel, limited his dose, or more closely monitored his health.
The lawsuit was filed against AbbVie Inc. and Abbott Laboratories, which are headquartered in Illinois. The companies are accused of engaging in an aggressive unbranded “disease awareness” campaign aimed at convincing men that they might be suffering from “Low T” if they have low energy, erectile dysfunction, depression, loss of muscle mass, and other common conditions.
The FDA only approved AndroGel for a small group of men with hypogonadism, a medical condition in which the testicles produce little or no hormones. It is not approved for men who are losing testosterone as a natural part of the aging process. Recent studies have linked testosterone replacement therapy with a doubled risk of heart attacks for men over 65, a tripled risk of heart attack for men with heart disease, and a 30% increased risk of stroke and death in the first 90 days of treatment.
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