When companies manufacture or distribute products, they have a duty to ensure that those products are safe – or at least to warn people about potential dangers. This is doubly important for drug manufacturers, who typically have to go through all kinds of hurdles and testing to get their product on the market. Despite this, the lawyers at Lawlor, White & Murphey can tell you from experience that, every year, there are manufacturers who find ways to get around these hurdles, and consumers are the ones who pay the price. This is exactly what seems to have occurred where testosterone supplements are concerned.
In the past, testosterone supplements were reserved solely for those suffering from medically measurable hormone deficiencies – a tiny slice of the population. But in recent years we’ve been bombarded with testosterone supplement advertisements as the drug has gone mainstream, with large numbers of men being told that they suffer from a condition known as “Low T,” or low testosterone. Supposedly, this supplemental boost would give them more strength and energy and increase their sex drive. But, as often happens when a drug is pushed at a larger portion of the population that doesn’t have a specific medical need, unexpected and unwanted consequences have developed.
Those who were convinced to take this supplement may be at risk for a number of side effects that the FDA is currently investigating and should learn as much as they can about what they’re up against. Obviously, this should involve speaking with a medical professional to ensure that you’re doing what you can to keep yourself safe but, if you are suffering from problems related to taking testosterone, contacting the legal team at Lawlor, White & Murphey about banding together with other victims in a mass tort lawsuit against the drug manufacturer may be just as important to your well-being.
Have you or a loved one taken any of the following testosterone medications?
The first thing to determine is whether you really are experiencing problems related to your testosterone supplement. The best way to find out if you are suffering from any of these issues yourself is to speak with your physician but, before taking that step, you could check out existing studies to see what problems have been linked to taking testosterone. Here are some of the most common:
How can women and children be harmed by a drug that is, by-and-large, primarily taken by men? Because currently it is marketed as a topical ointment – something that can very easily come into contact with non-users through physical interaction. In plain English, if you rub a testosterone supplement into your skin and then touch your wife or children, they may end up experiencing problems even if you don’t.
To make matters worse, many doctors say that there is no legitimate reason for most men to be taking testosterone. Since there is no “normal” testosterone level in men – it varies greatly from person to person – the idea that someone can have low testosterone is one that was largely invented by drug companies looking for a new way to make a profit. Even beyond the lack of need for testosterone is the fact that supplements don’t really seem to do much. Any attached benefits appear to be more of a placebo effect than anything else, and tend to disappear quickly. What the testosterone does to your body, however, doesn’t go away.
Rather than giving an extra “boost” of testosterone, taking these supplements actually encourages your body to stop producing it on its own. This means two things. One, that you’re not really getting any extra testosterone over the long term. But even more diabolical is the fact that taking testosterone actually causes you to develop a dependence to the drug since your body will no longer make it for you. Essentially, drug manufacturers have been able to make more people truly need their product by convincing those who don’t – or didn’t – to use it. The sad part is that it has worked extremely well for them, netting companies more than $2 billion in sales in 2013 alone.
This is exactly the kind of improper conduct that drug companies need to be held accountable for, and Lawlor, White & Murphey has plenty of experience in helping people just like you. But you don’t have to go through the struggle by yourself.
Thousands of people seem to have been negatively affected by these products, but many have no idea how many others like them are out there. Under the law, you deserve compensation from the product manufacturer if their product wrongfully harmed you. However,you can bet it is going to be an uphill battle – especially where huge corporations with deep pockets like drug manufacturers are concerned. When you sue as an individual, you’re creating a true David and Goliath situation where all of the burden (and all of the costs) are placed squarely on your shoulders.
Mass Tort litigation helps level the playing field by accelerating the evidence-gathering process and making it far less expensive – instead of each person having to suffer through individual depositions, produce the same written documents, or request the same items of evidence, Lawlor, White & Murphey is able to do this once for all of our clients involved in the mass tort action and share the information amongst all interested parties. But mass tort litigation also differs from class action lawsuits because the individual cases are still tried separately and you don’t have to share in any awards that you win. Basically, you gain a number of the benefits of a joint lawsuit without suffering any of the monetary drawbacks.
If you’ve suffered real problems because of your testosterone supplement, don’t let the drug manufacturer get away with it. You deserve compensation for what you’ve suffered, and the company deserves to be held accountable for their actions. Contact us today about mass torts testosterone litigation by filling out our short online contact form or calling us at one of our convenient numbers: