Every year, hundreds of people die due to complications associated with prescription medications. While many people do benefit from these drugs, some people pay with their life. A woman recently filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania District Court, claiming that a drug company is responsible for her husband’s untimely death.
According to the lawsuit, the woman is seeking damages from a company that produces testosterone medication for men who suffer from ‘low T’ or low testosterone. She claims that neither her nor her husband were aware of the risks associated with the drug, such as heart attack and stroke, because they were not disclosed by the defendants. It was a shock when the woman’s husband died due to cardiac arrest, four years after being prescribed the medication.
The complaint also states that a massive marketing campaign masked the true risks associated with the drug. As a direct result of the media campaign, sales of testosterone drugs have doubled since 2006 and are expected to continue increasing.
There are credible studies that link the use of testosterone to heart attack and stroke, some studies of which were discontinued due to the adverse effects on test subjects. These case studies may help to prove the plaintiff’s claims following an fatal accident or other serious medical event.
This lawsuit is not good news for drug companies, especially those marketing ‘low-T’ replacement therapy. What is even worse news is that the man’s death could have potentially been avoided had it not been for the ‘low-T’ drug he was prescribed.
Drug companies are held to a strict liability standard and are expected to disclose all possible side effects of the drug. If it can be proven that they did not, injured consumers, and their family members, can recover compensation from the drug maker and other relevant parties.
Source: newyork.legalexaminer.com, “Indiana Woman Seeks $150,000+ in AndrolGel Wrongful Death Suit,” Eric T. Chaffin, March 22, 2016