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Roberts says he would use testosterone therapy despite serious health risks

Morning Joe panelist Thomas Roberts says he would “live today, I will borrow from tomorrow” and take testosterone replacement therapy to boost his levels of the manly hormone if his levels were low, despite serious risks with the drugs including heart attacks, strokes and death. Roberts made the comment during Morning Joe’s segment on Time’s cover story “Manopause,” which addresses skyrocketing sales of testosterone supplements and health risks associated with the drugs. “We only got the now. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,” he said. Roberts is obviously being lured by television advertisements from drug companies that ask men ... Read More

National Football League Players Association gets hit with concussion injury lawsuit

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), a union for professional football players in the NFL, and three former presidents of the group, have been hit by a lawsuit from two former football players who claim the defendants conspired to conceal evidence that traumatic brain injuries increase the risk for long-term neurological problems. The proposed class action lawsuit was filed in Missouri federal court by former Minnesota Viking Christian Ballard and Gregory Westbrooks, who played with the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Rams. The players claim they spent thousand of dollars in dues during ... Read More

Mildly low testosterone levels do not typically require replacement therapy

Testosterone replacement therapy may be recommended to treat men with very low testosterone levels but it is not typically recommended for older men who are otherwise healthy even if their hormone levels are slightly below what is considered normal, according to Dr. Todd Nippoldt, an endocrinologist with Mayo Clinic. A reader posed the question to Medical Edge from Mayo Clinic about whether he should consider testosterone therapy after a blood test revealed his levels of the hormone were slightly below average. “Should I talk to my doctor about getting treatment even if I don’t have symptoms?” Mildly low levels of ... Read More

Repros enrolls men to test new topical testosterone treatment Androxal

Repros Therapeutics Inc. announced it has completed enrollment for one of two clinical trials pitting its topical testosterone gel alternative Androxal against other topical testosterone products currently on the market. Each trial will include 120 men, who will be divided into groups of 40 for three parallel study arms to test Androxal against an already marketed testosterone gel and a placebo. Studies will run for 17 weeks, which includes 16 weeks of dosing and one week of follow-up to gather information for the conclusion. Repros sought men who were at least 60 years of age who exhibited a normal sperm count ... Read More

European authorities call for review of transvaginal mesh safety

European drug and medical device regulators have asked a scientific committee to review the safety of transvaginal mesh devices and whether the risks outweigh the benefits. The European Commission charged its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks to conduct the analysis on the surgical mesh products used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The request is based on mounting reports of injuries associated with the devices, which range in severity and include complications such as rejection, tissue erosion, mesh exposure and shrinkage resulting in symptoms such as chronic ... Read More

Alabama man files testosterone side effects lawsuit after suffering stroke

An Alabama man has filed a lawsuit against the makers of the testosterone replacement treatment Testim, claiming the drug caused him to have a stroke. Robert Hoehl, 64, had no history of cerebrovascular disease or neurological impairments when he began the hormone therapy in the fall of 2011. Less than a year later, he had a stroke. He immediately stopped taking Testim. Doctors noticed he had elevated hematocrit levels, a condition that can increase the risk of blood clots, heart disease and stroke. Hoehl’s blood levels were checked on a regular basis. Within months after quitting Testim, his hematocrit levels ... Read More

Controversy surrounds upcoming FDA decision on long-acting testosterone drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to decide this week the fate of a long-acting testosterone product made by Endo Health Solutions, Inc. Aveed, indicated to boost testosterone in men with low levels of the hormone, has been rejected by the agency twice before based on health risks. Aveed, sold in other countries under the brand name Nebido, received mixed reactions from FDA advisors last year. The panel was split 9-9 on whether to recommend approval of the drug. Some advisors said the drug offers a valuable alternative to existing shorter-acting products, such as AndroGel, Testim and Axiron. ... Read More

Woman files Mirena IUD injury lawsuit against Bayer

A Pennsylvania woman is suing Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals because she became pregnant while using the company’s Mirena IUD birth control. She claims the implantable contraceptive device migrated from the cervix where it was implanted, and thus, failed to prevent contraception. Rebecca Syx filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, claiming Bayer was negligent by manufacturing and marketing a defective device. According to the complaint, Rebecca was implanted with the Mirena intrauterine device, or IUD, in the spring of 2011. She went for a follow-up visit in mid-June, during which the doctor confirmed the IUD was in its proper ... Read More

Does testosterone therapy pose heart risks for women?

You probably wouldn’t know it from the male-targeted advertisements pushing hormone supplements to boost “Low T,” but testosterone therapy can provide similar benefits for women. The question is, does it also carry the same risk of heart attacks, strokes and death in women as it does for men? Testosterone is considered the male hormone, responsible for the maturation of the testis and prostate as well as the development of sexual characteristics such as increased muscle, bone mass and body hair. In general, adult men have about 7-8 times more testosterone pumping through their bodies than adult females. Estrogen, considered the ... Read More

Takeda must admit document destruction to jurors in first federal Actos bladder cancer lawsuit

Attorneys for a man suing Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. will be allowed to tell jurors about claims that the company intentionally destroyed files related to bladder cancer risks with its type 2 diabetes drug Actos, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty said. Company officials admitted they could not find files from 46 current and former employees – including two directors – regarding the development, marketing and sale of the drug. Some of those files were deleted from company computers after employees were warned by executives to retain them, the judge said. Takeda is preparing for the first federal court trial over bladder ... Read More