June 4, 2014 — AbbVie, Inc., the manufacturer of AndroGel (testosterone gel) has been hit with a lawsuit by a man from Texas who alleges that the product caused his heart attack.
The plaintiff, David Lyon, is a 72 year-old man from Dallas, Texas who was employed as an Executive Assistant to the Vice President of a large multi-national corporation. In January 2005, he started taking AndroGel to treat symptoms he attributed to low testosterone. In November 2005, he had a serious heart attack. Before using AndroGel, he had no history of cardiovascular events.
Lyon filed his complaint (PDF) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This is the same court where the first five AndroGel lawsuits were filed just days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began investigating the cardiovascular risks of testosterone replacement therapy. AbbVie is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
According to the complaint:
“Defendants’ marketing strategy beginning in 2000 has been to aggressively market and sell their products by misleading potential users about the prevalence and symptoms of low testosterone and by failing to protect users from serious dangers that Defendants knew or should have known to result from use of its products.”
Recent studies have linked testosterone replacement therapy to a doubled risk of heart attack for men over 65. Another study found a 30% increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death in the first 90 days of testosterone treatment. Click here to read more.
The Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (JPML) heard oral arguments to establish a federal litigation on May 29. They are considering these arguments and should issue a ruling in the near future.
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