FDA Investigates Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
Posted on behalf of Greg Coleman Law on Sep 11, 2014 in Dangerous Prescription Drugs
There are increasing concerns about the safety and effectiveness of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Lawyers and law firms have begun to investigate potential individual and class action lawsuits.
Testosterone is a hormone that helps maintain the health of mens muscles, red blood cells and bone density levels. Low levels of testosterone can alter sleep patterns, cause weight gain, and lead to depression and substance abuse. TRT is widely used and 3% of men in the United States over the age of 40 are undergoing a testosterone therapy regimen.
Medical studies have been conflicting. Some researchers in Texas have not found an increased risk of heart disease. On the other hand, studies at UCLA have found that the risk of heart attack doubled for men who used TRT for over a year and who happened to either already have heart disease or were over the age of 65.
In light of conflicting independent medical studies, the Food and Drug Administrations review is important. The FDA's September 2014 report reveals there is no convincing evidence of a causal association between testosterone therapy and adverse cardiovascular events. The FDA's meta review of clinical studies does demonstrate that there may not be a great benefit to the use of testosterone therapy for populations that have not been found to actually have low levels.
The report demonstrated that many of the men who are being prescribed TRT do not actually have lab tests reviewing their testosterone levels before receiving a prescription. The study did find that TRT can alter lean mass, fat mass and bone density in positive ways in select male populations.
Greg Coleman Law dangerous drug lawyers assist residents throughout Knoxville, TN and the surrounding areas. If you have been injured by the use of TRT contact one of our Knoxville personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation. Our firm will help you determine whether you have been harmed by prescription testosterone medication.
If you are concerned about the effect of testosterone drugs on you or a loved one, call (865) 247-0080.