August 9, 2009
Testosterone-raising drug iffy
Commercials targeting U.S. middle-age men with lowered sex drive and melancholy moods may be scientifically unfounded, experts say.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Saturday the advertisements and the study from which their data is gleaned was funded by Solvay Pharmaceuticals, and the company allegedly entered into conspiracy with generic drug manufacturers to keep generic testosterone medications off the market.
In February, the Federal Trade Commission alleged Solvay paid two generic firms to drop patent challenges and not to market their AndroGel-similar products for another six years, the newspaper said.
FTC Commissioner Jon Leibowitz said such pay-for-delay agreements can cost consumers billions of dollars in high-priced drugs.
A spokesman for Solvay, Neil Hirsch, defended said Solvay's patent for AndroGel as lawful, saying the payoffs benefited consumers.