AndroGel is a testosterone gel for men. You apply it to your body to raise testosterone levels. It’s only available by prescription from your doctor.
Find out everything you need to know about AndroGel today – including valuable information about AndroGel lawsuits.
What is AndroGel?
AndroGel is a popular prescription-based low testosterone therapy for men. Over the past few years, it’s been heavily advertised throughout the United States.
The gel contains synthetic testosterone. When applied topically to your skin, your body absorbs the testosterone, raising levels within the body.
The drug was marketed in the United States by AbbVie, Inc. It was originally developed by a pharmaceutical company in Brussels named Solvay Pharmaceuticals. In 2010, Abbott Laboratories (the parent company of AbbVie, Inc.) purchased the drug from Solvay and began investing millions into its marketing.
Starting in 2012, AbbVie spent $80 million on aggressive marketing campaigns in the United States. In 2012 alone, AndroGel hit $1 billion in sales and became the top-selling testosterone supplement in the country.
Today, AndroGel has been linked to serious cardiovascular problems – including an increased risk of stroke or heart attack. As a result, the company is in major legal trouble and many users are eligible for compensation.
How Does AndroGel Work?
AndroGel contains synthetic testosterone. That testosterone has been mixed into a gel with alcohol. You apply the gel to your skin once per day, then wait for the gel to absorb over a period of 24 hours.
There are two different strengths of AndroGel: 1% and 1.62%. You apply the gel using a multi-dose pump or as a single-dose packet. The 1% gel can be applied to both sides of the abdomen as well as the upper arms and shoulders, while the 1.62% gel can only be applied to the upper arms and shoulders.
Depending on your dose and recommended usage, an AndroGel prescription can cost up to $500 per month.
AndroGel didn’t just become popular due to fancy marketing: it became popular because it worked. AndroGel was observed to increase the total amount of circulating testosterone in men with low testosterone to levels similar to the normal range found in healthy men (between 298 to 1043 ng/dl).
Interestingly enough, testosterone absorption was enhanced when men wore lotion or sunscreen.
After applying AndroGel, men are advised to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water.
The gel is also flammable until dry, so patients should avoid smoking, flames, or fire when the gel is drying on their skin.
Another major precaution with AndroGel involves avoiding exposure to women and children. During physical contact, the gel can transfer from the man to a woman or child. This can cause serious problems.
Women are advised to not only avoid contact with the exposed application site, but they should also avoid contact with unwashed clothing of men using AndroGel.
Women and children who believe they came into contact with AndroGel should watch out for the following symptoms of secondary exposure:
— Enlargement Of The Genitals
— Early Development Of Public Hair In Children
— Increased Erections
— Increased Libido
— Aggressive Behavior
— Advanced Bone Age In Children
— Increase In Acne And Body Hair In Women
Those who believe they have received secondary exposure are advised to contact a doctor immediately.
AndroGel Lawsuits and Compensation Claims
Starting in 2012, doctors started to notice a link between cardiovascular problems and the use of AndroGel. Specifically, AndroGel usage was attributed to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and strokes.
Testosterone therapy has long been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks. Dr. Sidney Wolfe claims that there have been 27 studies published on the safety of testosterone drugs. Of those 27 studies, 13 were funded by drug companies and showed no risk of heart attack, while 14 independent studies revealed a risk.
In other words, pharmaceutical companies like AbbVie appeared to be downplaying the negative side effects of AndroGel for their own monetary gain.
Testosterone therapy and AndroGel have also been linked to an increased risk of all of the following problems:
— Prostate Cancer
— Larger Red Blood Cells
— Sleep Apnea
— Reduced Sperm Count
— High Cholesterol
How to Seek Compensation for AndroGel Damages
The first lawsuit against AndroGel was launched in 2014. In February of that year, five men sued Abbott Laboratories and its subsidiary company, AbbVie, Inc. alleging injuries caused by AndroGel.
The five plaintiffs were all between ages 50 and 63. Three of the men had suffered heart attacks while taking AndroGel and the other two suffered strokes.
One 54-year old plaintiff experienced congestive heart failure and a myocardial infarction while taking AndroGel – despite having no history of cardiac problems.
The plaintiffs claim that AbbVie deceived potential users by convincing them that their health symptoms were attributed to low testosterone. Some of the deceptions included positive testimonials from retired pro athletes and positively-spun press reports.
In March 2014, a motion was passed consolidating all federal testosterone lawsuits – including AndroGel lawsuits – in federal court in Illinois.
What does that mean for you?
It means that if you have ever taken any type of testosterone drug and suffered cardiovascular problems like heart attacks, strokes, or blood clots as a result, then you may be entitled to compensation.
You need to find an attorney. Attorneys can help you join the growing federal testosterone lawsuit and receive compensation for lost income, medical pills, pain and suffering, and other expenses suffered as a result of testosterone treatments.
Who Should Take AndroGel?
In a 2011 study published in JAMA, it was discovered that 1 in 25 men in their 60s took a testosterone supplement. Doctors blamed this high usage rate on the rampant advertising – especially the advertising targeted towards older men.
The United States is one of only two countries in the world that allows pharmaceutical companies to advertise directly to consumers. The only other country is New Zealand.
Despite the fact that AndroGel was an FDA-approved supplement, there’s no question this system failed. Prominent advertising appeared to exaggerate the benefits of AndroGel while neglecting to mention its serious – often deadly – side effects.
That’s why the company is in a huge legal battle.
Ultimately, AndroGel is still sold today. Although based on the links to cardiovascular problems mentioned above, you might want to think twice before asking your doctor for a prescription to AndroGel.