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Lawsuit filed against Pfizer related to testosterone replacement drug

Pfizer’s testosterone replacement treatment Depo-Testosterone has become the subject of lawsuits questioning the safety and efficacy of the drugs after reports of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots in patients treated with the hormone. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Alvaro Roman Gutierrez alleges that Pfizer and its unit Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. LLC, conducted a “disease mongering” campaign to exaggerate the problem of low testosterone levels in men in order to boost sales of Depo-Testosterone. Gutierrez claims that Pfizer and Pharmacia & Upjohn spent millions of dollars to promote its drug to consumers and, along with other drug companies not ... Read More

MBL granted A-Rod therapeutic use exemption for testosterone therapy

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, best known as A-Rod, was using a testosterone treatment during the 2007 season under a therapeutic use exemption from Major League Baseball, according to a new book titled Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era. Testosterone supplements are a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to boost testosterone levels in men who have low levels of the hormone in their blood, a condition known as hypogondalism. The condition can result in symptoms such as low libido, weight gain, and fatigue. In recent years, aggressive marketing ... Read More

Could ‘Low T’ treatments be dangerous to your health?

If you’re a man and you listen to the advertisements from some drug makers describing a condition known as “Low T” with symptoms such as low libido, zapped energy levels, weight gain and muscle loss, you might be tempted to take the drug maker’s advice and check with your doctor to see if you could be a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy. Who wouldn’t want to look better, feel better, and have that spring in your step again? However, the drugs may be too good to be true, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American ... Read More

Testosterone treatment linked to increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, death

Aggressive marketing campaigns by drug companies peddling testosterone treatments has resulted in an increasing number of men asking their doctors if they are a candidate for testosterone therapy. Low levels of testosterone, or “Low T” as the drug companies have dubbed it, can be blamed for a variety of symptoms from fatigue and low libido to muscle weakness and weight gain. But testosterone supplementation may not be the wonder therapy marketers are claiming it to be. Recent studies show that men who take the drugs are 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die during a ... Read More

Estarylla birth control pills recalled due to packaging flaw

One lot of Estarylla birth control pills made by Sandoz is being recalled because a customer found an inactive tablet in a row of active tablets in one pack. The pill packs include blue tablets, or active pills, that contain a combination of the hormones norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol that work to stop ovulation and thus prevent pregnancy. The green pills, sometimes called placebos or sugar pills, contain only inactive ingredients. Sandoz is not aware of any adverse events associated with the recall. The company conducted an internal medical assessment and concluded that the likelihood of adverse health effects is ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson recalls 32 million packs of birth control pills

Johnson & Johnson has issued another massive recall, this time on 32 million packages of birth control pills because of a flaw that could cause unplanned pregnancies. The oral contraceptives are sold in 43 countries around the world, but not in the United States. This recall is one of about 40 the consumer health product giant has issued on everything from over-the-counter medications to artificial hips since 2009. The recall was initiated because quality tests performed on the drugs showed one of the two hormones in the pills was releasing slower than it should. The company said the risk of ... Read More

Bayer’s profits take a hit due to Yaz lawsuits

Lawsuits against the birth control pill Yaz took a huge bite out of Bayer’s fourth quarter profits. The company reported net profits of $490 million, a far cry from the $519 million it brought in last year. The company cited charges due to Yaz lawsuits in the United States as the culprit for lagging profits. The lawsuits claim that Yaz causes blood clots that can lead to sometimes fatal heart attacks, strokes and pulmonary embolisms. Yaz is Bayer’s once mega-popular birth control pill. It contains the hormones drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. While all combination oral contraceptives can increase a woman’s ... Read More

Drug companies enjoy profits from off-label sales of HGH

It seems people will do anything to delay the effects of aging, including taking human growth hormones (HGH), which have never been proven to be effective in helping people stay young. HGH is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat a rare growth defect in children and to treat a small number of conditions such as short bowel syndrome or Prader-Willi syndrome, a congenital disease that causes reduced muscle tone and a lack of hormones in sex glands. Doctors say 90 percent of legitimate patients who use HGH are children with stunted growth. HGH is not approved ... Read More

Blood clots linked to contraceptive patches, rings

Lawsuits and bad press over Yaz birth control pills have brought attention to the dangerous risk of blood clots with oral contraceptives. But a new Danish study suggests that non-oral forms of hormonal contraceptives may be just as, if not more, dangerous. Contraceptives that use hormones, including pills, patches and rings, often carry some risk for blood clots. Blood clots are serious health issues. If they break free and travel to the heart, lungs or brain, they can trigger heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, or strokes, all of which can be deadly. Yaz made news in recent years because studies showed drospirenone, ... Read More

Combined birth control pills provide limited PMS pain improvement

Combined birth control pills can help reduce the pain of menstrual cramps, but not much, according to a Swedish longitudinal study. Combined oral contraceptives contain two hormones – estrogen and progestin. They work by stopping ovulation and by making the lining of the uterus thinner. There are several hormone varieties of combined birth control pills. The study wasn’t limited to a particular formulation; however, some birth control pills are also approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acne, such as OrthoTri-cylclen, and another, Yaz, has been approved to treat the symptoms of PMDD, a more severe form ... Read More