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Low Testosterone Therapy: Is It Always Necessary?

Are low testosterone drugs useful in older men? Are they safe to take? These are the types of questions that the FDA has been faced with as the agency searches for answers amid increased use.

The FDA has scheduled an advisory panel meeting for later this month in hopes of settling on some final answers.

To this point, the agency has released preliminary information on its website, sharing its general thoughts. They noted that lower testosterone is common among men as they get older, but not always a sign of a health problem, such as a testicular disease. For this reason, the FDA said, “the need to replace testosterone in these older men remains debatable.”

The agency also said that over the past few years there has been an increase in the use of low T drugs, pushing from roughly 850,000 patients in 2010 to 1.5 million last year. Even with this increase, only half of the men taking medication were actually diagnosed with low testosterone.

With so much gray area, law suits regarding low T drugs and their side effects continue to be filed in states across the county.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/pharmalot/2014/09/04/fda-lowdown-on-low-t-drugs-little-evidence-to-support-widespread-use/

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