Abbott Hit With 5 AndroGel Suits In FDA Probe's Wake

By Greg Ryan (February 5, 2014, 7:14 PM EST) -- Abbott Laboratories Inc. and AbbVie Inc. downplayed the stroke and heart attack risks associated with testosterone replacement treatment AndroGel, according to five lawsuits filed in Illinois federal court Tuesday, just days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began investigating the treatment.

The two drugmakers have engaged in an extensive advertising campaign about low testosterone, telling consumers that the natural effects of aging in men, such as listlessness and weight gain, were actually symptoms of the condition that could be treated with their products, according to the lawsuits, brought separately by five plaintiffs.

"What consumers received, however, were not safe drugs,...

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