Eli Lilly Settles 400+ Testosterone Lawsuits Ahead Of First Axiron Trial

Eli Lilly has settled over 400 testosterone lawsuits filed over the company's Low T drug Axiron, averting the first of two bellwether trials scheduled to begin in late-January.

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Leading pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has settled a host of testosterone lawsuits filed over its drug Axiron, Law 360 reports. A global settlement agreement, announced on December 22, 2017, will resolve over 400 product liability claims consolidated in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, a federal court in Chicago.

The terms of the settlement have not been made public, but in resolving the cases early, Lilly was able to avoid a scheduled slate of bellwether trials. The first Axiron trial was set to begin on January 29, 2018, with a second scheduled for March 5, 2018.

Testosterone Lawsuit MDL In Chicago

Thousands of men say testosterone replacement therapy drugs increase the risk for severe cardiovascular complications, including stroke and heart attack. More than 6,000 similar lawsuits have been consolidated in Chicago, where US District Judge Matthew Kennelly is wrangling a litigation that has drawn some of the nation's largest pharmaceutical corporations into court.

Alongside Eli Lilly, testosterone lawsuits are currently pending against AbbVie, generic pharmaceutical manufacturer Endo and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, the company behind gel-based testosterone treatment Testim. On January 3, 2018, Auxilium settled a testosterone lawsuit, reaching an undisclosed arrangement with a couple and averting a trial of its own, scheduled to begin in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Two Bellwether Trial Losses For AbbVie

AbbVie, the manufacturer of market leader AndroGel, has already lost two bellwether trials, Fierce Pharma reports. In October 2017, a man who suffered a heart attack after using the testosterone treatment was awarded over $140 million in compensation after a trial in the Illinois federal court.

Four months earlier, another man was granted $150 million in compensation by a jury in the same court. This earlier verdict was subsequently overturned, because the jury ordered AbbVie to pay solely punitive damages, with no compensatory damages assessed against the company. Judge Kennelly has ordered a new trial in the case.

The juries in both cases ruled that AbbVie's aggressive marketing campaigns had downplayed the treatment method's risks.

Pharma Companies Marketed Low T Drugs Dangerously

While specific allegations vary by manufacturer, the vast majority of testosterone lawsuits argue that prominent pharmaceutical companies effectively invented a non-existent medical condition (colloquially referred to as "Low T") that overstepped the drug's FDA-approved indications.

In actuality, testosterone replacement therapy is intended solely to treat diagnosed cases of hypogonadism, a condition in which the body produces insufficient amounts of testosterone. Testosterone manufacturers, however, marketed the drug for "Low T," a far more amorphous condition characterized, according to promotional materials, by such non-specific symptoms as general fatigue and "loss of energy."

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  1. Bill Siebert March 17, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Mr. Laurence, your article on Eli Lilly’s global testosterone lawsuit was quite informative. What would your guess be as to a settlement amount for the approximately 400 case filed against Lilly? Would $1 billion to $2 billion be out of the guestion?

    • Vince April 19, 2018 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Bill I would hope it would be substantially more than that. I myself had 5 surgeries and ran up $800k in bills and I am disabled for life.. I know others that have had substantial damages and perhaps there may have been lives lost. I do know for sure without hearing the award amount that it is not enough. There is no amount of money that is worth going thru that hell!

  2. Jay May 29, 2018 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Any updates on this settlement? My dad suffered a massive stroke, we’ve been searching for any news regarding this settlement

  3. Bobbyluster August 9, 2018 at 6:07 am - Reply

    I suffered Heart Attack quadrupled bypassing now disablement for the rest of my life.So we are praying for a fair settlement.

  4. Bill Siebert August 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Vince, I know exactly what you you mean. I lost the ability to preform my work as before. My stamina, strength and memory have all been affected.

  5. Paul Graegin September 21, 2018 at 1:14 am - Reply

    hello any updates on when settlements will be coming

  6. Bobbyluster September 21, 2018 at 4:13 am - Reply

    I had a heart attack,quadruple bypass and now I’m disabled for life. My six figure salary is gone and it tough living on a fixed small income. I keep hearing about a settlement,what about some prison time for the CEOs creating a disease and marketing their drug for more energy. My Dr.knew that I was a weight lifter and told me lots of athletes were using it. Of course he was told that very thing by drug reps.

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