Group wants heart attack warning on testosterone

3/11/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A consumer advocacy group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to add a bold warning label to popular testosterone drugs for men in light of growing evidence that the hormone treatments can increase the risk of heart attack.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A consumer advocacy group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to add a bold warning label to popular testosterone drugs for men in light of growing evidence that the hormone treatments can increase the risk of heart attack.

The group Public Citizen says the agency should immediately add a "black box" warning — the most serious type — to all testosterone medications and require manufacturers to warn physicians about a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death with the treatments.

The FDA is reviewing the safety of testosterone drugs in light of two recent studies that showed higher rates of cardiovascular problems in men.

Drugmakers and many doctors claim testosterone therapy can reverse some unpleasant side effects of aging — ranging from insomnia to erectile dysfunction.

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