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Adverse health reports for testosterone drugs could fuel advertising

Earlier this month, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a report that cast doubts about the safety of testosterone-replacement drugs for men who take them to boost their levels of the hormone. But with so many pharmaceutical drug companies vying for a larger share of the extremely lucrative but fiercely competitive testosterone drug market, don’t expect all the “Low-T” advertising to slow down until more is understood about the drugs. Indeed, reports of adverse events linked to the drugs may fuel the need for some manufacturers relying on testosterone sales to ramp up advertising campaigns. The latest ... Read More

FDA panelists conflicted on approval of long-lasting testosterone injection

A U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) panel was split on its opinion about the safety of a long-lasting testosterone injection submitted for approval, with nine members backing the drug and nine saying that it’s still too risky to put on the market. Endo Health Solutions, which first submitted its drug AVEED (testosterone undecanoate) for FDA approval in 2007, designed the drug to be in injected once every 10 weeks for the treatment of abnormally low testosterone caused by damage to the reproductive system or hormonal organs from disease or injury. Low testosterone, or hypogonadism, can cause muscle loss, lack ... Read More

Charlie Sheen blames crazy behavior on testosterone drugs

Charlie Sheen will probably spend the rest of his life trying to explain his public meltdown in 2011 after a night of drugs, porn stars, and rage landed him in the hospital. In interviews about that infamous night and other personal and professional troubles, Mr. Sheen has claimed he is a “warlock” with “tiger’s blood” and a “total bitchin’ rock star from Mars” whose brain “fires in a way that’s maybe not from this terrestrial realm.” But in a recent interview, Mr. Sheen claimed to know the real reason behind his psychotic behavior: testosterone cream. “Were you under the influence ... Read More

Abbott’s new testosterone test gets FDA clearance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new method of analyzing testosterone levels in men and women. The new chemical analysis is made by Abbott Laboratories, the drug maker whose sales of Androgel testosterone-replacement gel achieved blockbuster status in recent months, earning the company nearly $900 million in 2011. According to Abbott, its new testosterone assay should help doctors more accurately measure testosterone levels, which vary widely in both men and women. Abbot reported on its website that published studies have demonstrated that many testosterone tests currently used are not sufficiently sensitive to accurately measure low testosterone ... Read More

Only two percent of men should receive synthetic testosterone, researcher say

Testosterone levels in men often diminish with age, leading to a decrease in muscle mass and strength that can leave men frail and less mobile. Other side effects of low testosterone levels, or “low T” as the condition is called by drug marketers, can include diminished energy and sex drive. To restore their overall vitality, aging men and others just seeking a hormonal boost for recreational purposes are turning to synthetic testosterone replacement drugs in record numbers. Abbott Laboratories, which produces the topical hormone drug AndroGel, and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, the maker of a similar drug called Testim, are all too ... Read More

Obese teen boys have radically low testosterone levels, study finds

It’s no mystery that obese teenage boys are at a heightened risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, but a new study published last week in the journal Clinical Endocrinology found that obese boys have alarmingly low testosterone levels as well – between 40 to 50 percent less than males of the same age with a normal body mass index (BMI). The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Buffalo, builds on earlier research the same scientists completed in 2004, which discovered low testosterone levels (hypogonadism) in older obese males ages 18 to 35, both diabetic and non-diabetic. Dr. ... Read More

Maryland man receives 5-year sentence for illegally distributing AndroGel

A Hagerstown, Maryland, man was sentenced to serve 366 days in a state prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to illegally distributing AndroGel, a topical testosterone replacement drug made by Abbott Laboratories. According to the Herald-Mail, a Circuit Court Judge sentenced Timothy Allen Feigley, 33, to five years in state prison – the maximum sentence for distributing a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance, but suspended all but one year and one day. Mr.  Feigey also received credit for 139 days he already served. Additionally, Mr. Feigley will be put on probation or three years upon his release. The state dismissed ... Read More

Major League Baseball players suspended for testosterone drug use

“… as long as men and women play sports, they will look for whatever edge is available to them. Some legal. Some not so legal,” says ESPN writer Jason Stark about the use of synthetic testosterone to boost performance in professional sports. In August, San Francisco Giants left field Melky Cabrera and Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon were suspended after testing positive for synthetic testosterone, which can mimic anabolic steroids if used in sufficient quantities. The suspensions prompted at least one Major League Baseball insider to warn of an epidemic of the performance enhancing drugs within the sport. Of course, ... Read More

FDA warns parents about dangers of codeine

The prescription painkiller codeine is often prescribed to children following surgery to remove their tonsils or adenoids to treat sleep apnea, but the medicine may cause serious side effects – and even death – in some children even when the right dosage is used. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a consumer alert this week to make parents aware of the potential dangers of codeine. The FDA is aware of three recent deaths and one life-threatening case in children who took codeine for pain relief after surgery to remove their tonsils or adenoids to treat sleep apnea. The agency ... Read More

UFC President voices approval for testosterone replacement therapy

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White told Fox Sports that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is “great” because it can help restore hormone levels in aging men. “Here’s the thing about TRT: It’s absolutely 100 percent legal,” Mr. White told Fox Sports. He explained, “As sports medicine continues to advance, this is one of those things where every guy’s testosterone level starts to drop as they get older and this is basically sports science now where they can bring it back up to a normal level. And I think it’s great, it’s absolutely fair, it’s legal. “The problem is, there ... Read More