Are Testosterone injections safer than Androgel and Axiron?

While the FDA is considering banning Testosterone drugs and men who took Androgel and had heart attacks are suing Abbvie, the folks at Low T Center are arguing that all is well and there is nothing to fear.  In case you did not know, Low T Center is a chain of clinics that does nothing else but administer Testosterone Replacement Therapy.  They remind me of Sleek Medspa that brought plastic surgery all over the country and right into the mall.  So while makers of Androgel and Axiron are lawyering up and figuring out how will they pay billions of dollars in compensation to all those men who have been harmed by these drugs, Dr. William Reilly, M.D., Executive Director of the physician practice group treating patients in Low T Centers actually implies that nothing could be better than a FDA investigation into a treatment.  So either he knows something that the rest of the world does not know, or he is delusional.  "We are excited about the FDA's inquiry into alternative testosterone delivery models," he says.

Are low-T doctors careless in treating patients?  In a statement, Dr. Reilly seems to suggest that while gels are dangerous, they inject Testosterone directly into the body, so that is safe.  He also seems to imply that doctors at other clinics simply wrote a prescription for gels without testing and don't care what happens later, but they do a lot of testing before prescribing and really care about their patients.  Now, it is indeed true that some Androgel prescriptions were written without a proper blood test and there are a lot of doctors who maybe less than careful about their patients (I am one of those individuals who does not trust a physician blindly), but generally speaking, doctors do not mean harm and do the best they can, if for no other good reason than the fear of being sued for medical malpractice.  So I would be surprised that all doctors treating men with low-T are dispensing drugs like free candy while Low T Centers are super-careful.

Shouldn't all forms of Testosterone have the same outcome?  Dr. Reilly makes another distinction: between applying a gel on the skin versus injecting it directly.  "Gels and topical treatments rely on the patient to treat themselves, and rest on the concept of theoretical absorption rates, which may or may not play out in real life practice," warns Reilly.  Hmm...I am not so sure.  The drug is essentially identical -- artificially created Testosterone hormone that mimics the natural chemical.  Whether it is directly injected or topically applied or taken orally or sprayed into your nose should not matter because it is Testosterone and eventually it ends up in our bodies.  The company is making another distinction saying that they only treat men up their late fifties.  It could very well be that this pool of men has less likelihood of cardiovascular troubles that could trigger a heart attack once Testosterone is taken.

Finally, Dr. Reilly also takes delight in the fact that the attorneys and the plaintiffs are suing the makers of AndroGel, rather than the doctor.  In other words, you are on your own when you get treated by a Low T Center because while a cute nurse comes to you to initial and sign that stash of papers, and you do that fantasizing about becoming a real man again, you have most likely waived all your rights to sue Dr. William Reilly.  So if you get hurt, you will need to figure out who to file a personal injury claim against.

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Testosterone personal injury lawsuit against Androgel maker

While the FDA takes its own sweet time to evaluate the safety of Testosterone gels, and try to keep its corporate overlords happy, American men who have been hurt by Testosterone drugs are not waiting for government action.  There are several reasons why FDA maybe too slow to act.  The Republicans constantly attack the agency for trying to enforce drug safety.  The agency's budget is so small that it can barely function and has to rely on fees from pharmaceutical companies for survival (imagine cops being paid their salaries by drug dealers?), and therefore, cannot really afford to upset them.  It is also hard to find a lawmaker who has not accepted money from the pharma industry, which employs at least two lobbyists for each lawmaker in Washington.

So Kenneth Aurecchia, Stephen Benn, Michael Gallagher, Steve Marino, and Steven Myers have sued Androgel manufacturer AbbVie Inc. (and its parent company Abbott Laboratories Inc.) in the US District Court of the Northern District of Illinois.  The cases are being handled by two reputed personal injury law firms, namely Morelli Alters Ratner and Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd.  The lawsuit claims that the companies deliberately hid and downplayed the risks of taking Androgel.  They accuse the company of failing to disclose the risks of heart attacks and death, along with risks to family members who may come into contact with the dangerous drug.  Such fights are never pretty and I expect AbbVie to dig up all the dirt on these five guys, like how they did not workout or ate burgers and fries their whole lives, which should be blamed for their ill health, rather than their wonderful drug which can turn tired, old dudes into studs within weeks.

FDA considering banning Testosterone drugs

After it was conclusively proven that older men with heart trouble taking prescription Testosterone drugs like Androgel and Axiron were dying from heart attacks, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is taking note.  It has finally started to act on a concerns that have been raised for years after these drugs were aggressively marketed to middle aged males supposedly with an imaginary illness called low-T.  Most of these medications were dispensed without proper medical tests and some clinics now specialize in merely serving guys who want nothing more than a false sense of manhood that is derived from muscular appearance and ability to perform in bed.

What does the FDA review mean?  We know very well that in front of giant corporations with politicians at their service, government agencies have no real power.  There are a lot of stories related to the close relationship between the industry and FDA.  So I would not be surprised that the FDA simply regurgitated the industry talking points and declared the drugs to be harmless.  However, it could very well be that the FDA has no choice but to ask the manufacturers to voluntarily recall the drugs from the market.  It may also force them to do so.  At that point if you have had a dangerous side effect (a personal injury) like a heart attack or your loved ones died from the attack, you will be able to sue the companies for compensation, but the process is not going to be easy.  Unless you have a good attorney, the lawyers working for the giant companies will find out about each French fry you ever ate in your whole life and blame the heart attack on your lifestyle rather than their defective product. 

What to do during the review process?  Now, the FDA review can take years or we might never even hear about it again, so their standard advice is not stopping your medication and talk to your doctor, but if your doctor either pushed you into TRT or is careless enough to not even bother to find out if you need any drugs, I would say you might need a new doctor.  I cannot tell you to stop taking these drugs, but in the meantime I am sticking to my lifestyle approach to high Testosterone, which seems to be working pretty well for me.