Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reacts to New Analysis Suggesting Testosterone Therapy is Often Inappropriately Prescribed

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The publication of the analysis echoes recent FDA concerns that prescription low testosterone treatments are being used extensively to relieve low hormone levels normally associated with male aging, even though the medications have not been shown to be safe and effective for this purpose.

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The study’s conclusions also echo concerns recently put forth by the FDA regarding the extensive use of these medications to relieve low testosterone normally associated with aging.

A new analysis suggests that prescription low testosterone therapy ( is frequently prescribed for men who have no medical need for such treatment. The study, which was published earlier this month in Public Health Reports, looked at insurance data from 61,474 men 40 years or older treated with testosterone replacement drugs from 2001 to 2010. Just over 19 percent received testosterone prescriptions despite having normal levels of the hormone. Only about 73 percent actually had their hormone levels tested before being prescribed testosterone therapy, while just over half had levels tested during the first year of treatment.*

“We find this analysis troubling, as it appears that the drugs are being prescribed to many men in ways that conflict with current treatment guidelines.** The study’s conclusions also echo concerns recently put forth by the FDA, which has been reviewing the cardiovascular side effects associated with low T therapy, regarding the extensive use of these medications to relieve low testosterone normally associated with aging,” says Sandy A. Liebhard, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is offering free legal reviews to men who allegedly experienced heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems due to their use of testosterone replacement therapy.

Concerns Surrounding Testosterone Therapy
The FDA has been investigating the safety of low testosterone therapy since January 31, 2014, when it issued an alert detailing two studies which suggested the treatments might increase the risk for heart attack, stroke, and death in certain men.*** On March 3, 2015, the agency updated that alert, and announced that that new information would be added to the drug’s labels regarding their potential association with heart attacks and strokes. In addition, their labels would be modified to clarify current approved uses, as testosterone replacement is only indicated to treat men who suffer from hypogonadism (low testosterone levels) due to disorders of the testicles, pituitary gland, or brain. The FDA said it had become aware that prescription testosterone treatments were being used extensively to relieve symptoms in men who have low testosterone for no apparent reason other than aging. The agency noted that the benefits and safety of this use have not been established.

Men who allegedly suffered serious cardiovascular events due to their use of prescription testosterone treatments may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages. To learn more about filing a testosterone treatment lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website. Free, no-obligation legal consultations can be obtained by calling 800-511-5092.

*, Public Health Report, March-April 2015
**, Endocrine Society, 2010
**, FDA, January 31, 2014

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