May 22, 2014 — The number of lawsuits involving Androgel (testosterone gel) side effects continues to grow at a rapid pace, with several new cases filed in Illinois.
CBS Denver reports that a man from Fort Collins, Colorado is planning to file an AndroGel lawsuit. Stephen Nichols, 59, says he decided to try AndroGel because he was feeling “really tired.” He took AndroGel for two years before suffering a heart attack. He kept taking AndroGel until he saw an ad on TV for a law firm warning that heart attacks were a potential side effect of testosterone replacement therapy.
CBS Denver also reported that Edward Downes, a 51 year-old man from Pennsylvania, is planning on filing a lawsuit because AndroGel “ruined his life.” After taking Androgel, he suffered a stroke and now must walk with a cane.
Last month, a wrongful death lawsuit (PDF) was filed by the son of Richard Bodwell Ott, a 58 year-old man who died in 2012 after suffering a heart attack. He took AndroGel between October 2011 and January 2012, when he started taking Axiron. He used Axiron until his heart attack in April 2012.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has scheduled a hearing on May 29 to decide whether to centralize testosterone therapy lawsuits in one federal court. Plaintiffs argue hat centralization is appropriate and necessary because the litigation is growing at a rapid pace. It is possible that the judges will create a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) to avoid duplicative discovery, conflicting rulings, and improve the efficiency of the litigation.
Most lawsuits involving testosterone therapy have been filed against AbbVie, the manufacturer of AndroGel. The company is accused of aggressively promoting AndroGel for “Low T” while failing to warn about life-threatening side effects like blood clots, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, and death.
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