- Misled consumers to believe that AndroGel is a safe treatment to counteract the decline in hormone levels caused by injury or disease; notwithstanding causing a number of dangerous side effects.
- Disease Mongering, a practice of “widening the diagnostic boundaries of illnesses and aggressively promoting their public awareness in order to expand the markets for treatment” in order to increase their sales.
- The use of aggressive direct-to-consumer and physician marketing to persuade men to inquire about testosterone therapy with physicians.
Testosterone therapy, like the use of AbbVie’s AndroGel, is associated with a number of severe adverse side effects. Testosterone side effects include:
- Heart Attack
- Blood Clots
- Strokes and Mini-Strokes
The FDA’s Adverse Events Reporting System (FAERS) lists over 15,000 adverse events associated with AbbVie’s Androgel. Of the 15,690 adverse events, over 8,000 are labeled as serious, including 700 death, as of August 31, 2017.