Testosterone replacement therapy, also called Androgen replacement therapy, is the use of injections, creams, or gels to increase testosterone levels in the body. In recent years, testosterone treatment has been advertised and marketed to men as a way to slow down the aging process.
Those providing testosterone treatment claim that it will improve sexual performance, fight fatigue, prevent thinning skin and the loss of body fat, increase muscle mass and boost energy. In 2013 alone, the 1.5 billion dollar industry was sustained by the 423 million prescriptions written. However, as testosterone treatment popularity skyrockets, so do reports of devastating side effects.
On January 31, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would initiate an investigation to explore the increase in side effects which include, but are not limited to:
Furthermore, studies have shown that testosterone treatment increases the risk of prostate cancer and accelerates pre-existing cancer growth. People with the following conditions are at also an increased risk for injury:
At this time, it is imperative that doctors perform a more rigorous screening process before prescribing testosterone treatment. Additionally, the manufacturers of these products should refrain from reckless marketing techniques and adequately research the risks associated with their products. Consumers coming forward with their injuries would certainly speed up the process of industry reform.
Some of the more popular testosterone treatment products include:
If you or a loved one has been injured while undergoing testosterone treatments you should consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney. They will review your case, advise you on your rights and assist you in filing a claim.
Last Modified: 03-25-2014 04:03 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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