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Testosterone

There is a danger of heart attacks, stoke, and death from the use of prescription testosterone. There has been no warning given by the manufacturers, and we see this as a basis for liability. In January there was an FDA Safety Announcement that it was investigating cases of heart attack, stroke, and death.

There have been many advertisements encouraging men to seek supplements for “low T”. This has created demand for the prescription at doctors’ offices. In some instances, doctors have prescribed the supplement without determining if the patients have “low T”.

Testosterone supplements are approved by the FDA only to treat specific diseases due to “low T”. Prescribing the drug for general alleged health benefits is an “off label” use. There have been many “off label” uses due to the television ads. It is also disturbing that many times the supplement has been prescribed, without a blood test, to determine if there is “low T”.

Testosterone supplements come in various forms, such as injection, pill, patches, and gel. Some of the trade names are Androgel, Axiron, Fortesta, Testim, and Delatestryl. Some of the manufacturers are nationally known, such as Eli Lilly.

Fosamax and Boniva

Both Fosamax and Boniva cause bone fractures, such as the femur (leg) and the jaw bone. Ironically, both drugs treat bone disease and degeneration, such as osteoporosis. Most of these bone fractures require corrective surgery.

Both drugs are bispohosponates. The damage is usually limited to the femur and jaw bones because the drugs tend to target bones that have been subjected to heaviest impact, such as the leg from walking and the jaw from chewing. A femur fracture can occur from mere walking or standing.

Both drugs have been heavily marketed to older women who seek treatment for osteoporosis. Fosamax is made by Merck, and Boniva is manufactured by Genentech.

If you or a family have been injured due to one of these drugs or if you suspect injury as a result of another drug, please call us.

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