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AbbVie paid docs $20 million to promote AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy

Pharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc. paid more than $20 million to 191,555 doctors from August 2013 to December 2015 to promote its testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel, according to ProPublica’s Dollars for Doc’s analysis. AndroGel is a top-selling drug for AbbVie. In June, the company – along with other testosterone manufacturers – will face trial in the first of more than 5,500 lawsuits pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging testosterone supplement makers aggressively marketed the treatments but failed to warn about cardiovascular risks with use of the hormones. In total, AbbVie paid $94.1 million to 92,095 doctors to promote dozens of its products, ... Read More

European drug regulators investigating heart attack, stroke, death risks with testosterone therapies

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is reviewing the safety of testosterone therapy after studies showed the treatment increases the risk of strokes, heart attacks and death. The announcement comes three months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a similar investigation into the drugs. Testosterone supplements are prescription medications given to men with low testosterone levels. The drugs are used to treat symptoms of “Low T” such as fatigue, muscle loss, weight gain and low sex drive. The drugs are available in capsules, implants for under the skin, patches or topical gels. Brand names include Testim, Androgel and Axiron. ... Read More

Drug company sues FDA for dragging feet on testosterone gel marketing approval

Perrigo Israel Pharmaceuticals has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alleging the company failed to update its records to show its approval of the company’s testosterone gel. Perrigo’s generic version of AbbVie’s AndroGel was approved by the FDA in February 2013. The company cannot market the product until the FDA registers it with Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations, also known as the Orange Book. Under the FDA act, the agency is required to publish approved drugs with therapeutic equivalence information and update the Orange Book every 30 days. The lawsuit states that Perrigo made ... Read More

FDA approves long-lasting injectable testosterone therapy despite protests

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new long-lasting testosterone treatment for men despite protests from consumer watchdog Public Citizen to delay it’s decision until the agency has had a chance to review studies that show testosterone replacement therapy increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death. The new treatment, AVEED, made by Endo Pharmaceuticals, is an injection that is administered as a single 3mL (750 mg) intramuscular injection given once at initiation of therapy, at four weeks, and then every 10 weeks thereafter. It will be available as a prescription this month. The drug is intended ... Read More

Drug companies to blame for pushing testosterone replacement products

If drug companies want to reclaim their “one-time highly respected status,” Forbes contributor John LaMattina says, “it needs to use less testosterone in promoting its products.” Mattina’s criticism centers on drug companies that have launched massive marketing campaigns to promote their testosterone replacement products, such as Abbott/AbbVie’s AndroGel. The ads encourage men to ask their doctors if they could be suffering from “Low T,” a phrase coined by drug companies to explain symptoms such as low sex drive and weight gain caused by low levels of testosterone. The drugs can help restore libido and build muscle mass, which is a ... Read More

4 prescription drugs that can be dangerous to your health

Doctors prescribe medication to help relieve symptoms, clear up infections, or prevent or control serious health problems. However, even well-intending drugs can cause serious and even life threatening side effects that people should be aware of. Here’s a list of commonly prescribed medications and their potential adverse effects. 1. Type 2 diabetes drugs – Diabetics rely on these drugs to help keep their blood sugar levels in check. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health consequences including heart disease, kidney disease, dementia and neuropathy, to name a few. But these drugs can carry cancer risks. Studies have linked the widely ... Read More

Study: Men with average testosterone levels live longer

Men with too high or too low levels of testosterone in their systems face more health problems than men with average levels of the hormone, according to a study published in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). Testosterone plays an important role in men’s health, not just fueling sex drive but also regulating heart function and boosting sperm production, bone health, energy levels, concentration and muscle mass. As a man ages, his testosterone can drop sometimes to lower than average levels. Testosterone levels can be boosted with testosterone replacement products including Testim, Androgel and Axiron. These ... Read More

Are testosterone-boosting drugs safe, effective in older men?

Prescriptions for hormone treatments to treat low testosterone in men have increased nearly 90 percent during the past five years, with global sales of $1.9 billion last year alone, according to IMS Health. But are the drugs really effective for older men with low testosterone levels? Drug companies are spending millions of dollars educating men about their own version of menopause while pushing sales for their line of hormone replacement products to reverse symptoms such as low energy levels and a decrease in libido. Abbott Laboratories, makers of the prescription testosterone gel Angdrogel, is one of the leaders riding the ... Read More