The FDA Approves New Testosterone Treatment Despite Risks

New drugs and treatments for hypogonadism, commonly called “low-T,” are now becoming even more prevalent than those for erectile dysfunction. This disease is characterized by an overall decrease in testosterone levels in the body, leading to decreased energy, lower sex drive, depressed mood and other symptoms in men. While some testosterone treatments are generally considered safe, this particular treatment, AVEED, is being pushed through the approval process despite warning of significant health risks, and that is angering many consumer groups. It may also result in some problematic legal situations down the road.

Why is AVEED Problematic?

This new treatment could be a problem for a number of reasons. One study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggested that men were at a 30 percent increased risk for stroke and serious heart conditions from the drug, and that this risk factor showed a two-fold increase in those over age 65. This would make AVEED one of the most dangerous low-T drugs currently on the market. Proponents of the drug argue that these risks are one of the reasons AVEED is carefully controlled and monitored by a physician who administers all injections and communicates openly with the patient about risks.

Strong Arguments and Logic Against the Drug:

As an online article in the Washington Post website pointed out, symptoms of low-T are basically the normal processes of aging for men in midlife and beyond. A decrease in testosterone levels is natural, and trying to “fix” this natural aging process could ultimately do more harm than good for men. The JAMA study seems to support this, considering the dramatic increase in risk factors for much older men. Attempting to pump testosterone in order to combat old age is simply putting too much stress on the body.

Important Legal Implications:

The pushing of drugs like AVEED seems to be a pharmaceutical company’s prime method of preying on the needs of older men. By turning their symptoms of aging into a “disease” to be cured, they are selling products. Often, they are selling lots of product. The fact remains that many scientists agree these products are producing an unnatural effect on the body that will likely cause much greater harm than good.

Sources:
http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140306-906700.html
https://www.raps.org/focus-online/news/news-article-view/article/4741/endos-aveed-approved-by-fda-drawing-anger-from-consumer-group.aspx
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/everything-you-need-to-know-about-low-testosterone-but-were-afraid-to-ask/2013/06/24/3bdeb2d6-d764-11e2-a016-92547bf094cc_story.html
http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/low-t-the-triumph-of-marketing-over-science/