Fortesta testosterone gel is a prescription drug used to boost testosterone in males who suffer from a deficiency or absence of testosterone production (known as hypogonadism and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism). Fortesta is a gel containing testosterone that is applied topically. The testosterone replacement therapy drug is made by German pharmaceutical company Pharbil Waltrop GmbH and distributed in the United States by Endo Pharmaceuticals.
Two recent medical studies (2013 New England Journal of Medicine study and 2014 PLOS ONE study) indicated potentially serious problems with Fortesta testosterone gel, including an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is investigating the safety of testosterone replacement therapy drugs. After being contacted by individuals who have been injured by Fortesta and other low testosterone products like AndroGel and Axiron, The Cochran Firm, D.C. is accepting cases from individuals who suffered health problems while taking Fortesta.
Health problems and side effects that may be related to low testosterone therapy injuries include:
A peer-reviewed medical study in the Public Library of Science’s scientific journal PLOS One found that testosterone gels and low-T products like Fortesta doubled the risk of heart attack in men older than 65 and in men younger than 65 with a previous heart condition. A 2012 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that low testosterone replacement therapy increased the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death by about 30%. In January 2014, the FDA announced it is investigating the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death that may be linked to low testosterone products.
The law provides individuals who have been hurt by Fortesta testosterone gel to seek compensation for their damages. There are current federal lawsuits pending over AndroGel testosterone gel, which is a TRT product similar to Fortesta. The lawsuits seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost past and future wages, among other damages.
If you or a family member suffered health problems while taking Fortesta, please contact the experienced attorneys of The Cochran Firm, D.C. Our team of legal professionals are actively investigating Fortesta claims. All initial inquiries are free, confidential, and carry no obligation.