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Products liability cases emerging against testosterone drug

Virginia residents like to be informed of any risks to their health and safety so that they can make knowledgeable decisions. This is one of the reasons that prescription drug manufacturers are required to list possible side effects of taking a medication. The warnings and information related to the risks associated with taking the drug allow the consumer to decide whether the benefits of the medicine outweigh the risk. In some cases, the instructions are unclear or there is an insufficient warning, and people may end up using products that cause injury without knowing the potential risks.

The makers of a commonly used testosterone medication, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline, have recently been sued in several product liability lawsuits due to allegations that the medication has caused serious injury or death in men who have used the medication. The specific counts against the drug maker described in the most recent complaint include negligence, strict liability, negligent misrepresentation, wrongful death, fraud, recklessness and breach of implied and express warranties. The latest lawsuit specifically argued that the warnings and instructions provided by the drug maker were unreasonably dangerous, defective and inadequate and, in combination with the defective product design, led to the death of a 45-year-old man from Virginia via a sudden heart attack.

Pharmaceuticals are an extremely lucrative industry. The drugs produced by these companies have the potential to improve people's lives and reduce pain dramatically, but they also have a great potential for harm if warnings are insufficient or if there are defects in the manufacture or design of the drug. When drug companies disregard known dangers of a drug and continue to market the product without proper warning, they can and should be held accountable for the injuries and death suffered by product users as a result.

It is often best to consult with an experienced lawyer when Virginia residents are injured by a defective drug or other product. These cases can help provide needed compensation for victims and their families, but are often quite complex. An attorney can help conduct a thorough investigation to identify when and where negligence occurred, prove that the product was defective and establish that the defect led to the injury.

Source: Pennsylvania Record, "Two more testosterone gel injury claims emerge Phila.; mass tort creation not ruled out," Jon Campisi, April 2, 2014

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