Testosterone Replacement Therapy has recently become a very popular subject and with such popularity comes much misinformation, gimmicks and “snake oil” salesman. At C4MH we want you to be informed about these issues:
TESTOSTERONE IS A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE:
RECEIVING TESTOSTERONE (prescribed and/or administered) FROM MULTIPLE PHYSICIANS WITHOUT FULL DISCLOSURE TO THE PHYSICIANS IS A VIOLATION OF STATE AND FEDERAL LAW.
In Florida only a physician (MD / DO) may prescribe testosterone for use in testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
IS YOUR TESTOSTERONE TREATMENT BEING RECORDED IN A GOVERNMENT DATABASE?
NOT IF YOU ARE A C4MH PATIENT.
YES: IF YOU ARE PURCHASING ANY TESTOSTERONE PRODUCT (Vials, Creams, Gels) AT A PHARMACY OR A PHYSICIAN IS PROVIDING YOU WITH A TESTOSTERONE PRODUCT TO TAKE HOME.
C4MH’s in house treatment protocol keeps your medical care PRIVATE and out of the government’s database.
Get the facts at: http://www.center4menshealth.com/PDFs/PDMP.pdf
Compounded Testosterone (non FDA licensed):
C4MH has not and will not utilize non FDA licensed medications.
Compounded testosterone is manufactured outside the oversight of U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The issue of compounding medications recently came to national attention with the deaths of patients who were seeking interventional pain care. The drugs that caused the deaths were compounded and were found to be manufactured under non-sterile conditions.
The only reason to use compounded testosterone is to reduce costs; additionally in Florida it is a way to bypass laws that limited controlled substance distribution to patients by physicians.
TESTOSTERONE USED AT THE CENTER FOR MEN’S HEALTH (C4MH) IS PRODUCED BY TWO OF THE WORLDS LARGEST PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES* AND ALL SHIPMENTS HAVE PEDIGREE PAPERS AS REQUIRED BY FL LAW**.
* Pfizer Pharmaceuticals http://www.pfizer.com/home/
Watson Pharmaceuticals http://www.watson.com/
**FL Pharma Pedigree Statute: http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2012/499.01212
FLY BY NIGHT TESTOSTERONE CLINICS:
Profits over care.
At C4MH we hear of facilities where patients are treated without the prerequisite lab testing and/or the physician's exam. It would not surprise us that such facilities are also using "black market" medications or “compounded” testosterone. As a patient you should be aware of your surroundings and always demand treatment that meets or exceeds the prevailing standard of medical care.
Bio-Identical “Natural” Testosterone ……a marketing gimmick!
At C4MH we sometimes hear that Bio-Identical Testosterone is a natural testosterone and thus better for you and therefore worth the higher price that many professionals and clinics charge. Additionally all pharmaceutical testosterone is “bio-identical” upon entering the blood stream.
FACT: NO TESTOSTERONE USED IN TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY IS NATURAL AND THOSE WHO TELL YOU OTHERWISE ARE EITHER UNINFORMED OR WORSE.
All testosterone used in testosterone replacement therapy is laboratory made (synthesized); the only source of natural testosterone is the human body.
We understand that there is a significant emotional response to the word “natural” but to use it in regards to “bio-identical” testosterone is simply done to take advantage of that emotional connection which is exactly what snake oil salesmen did years ago.
For complete info:
OTC Testosterone Enhancing Supplements:
Testosterone Supplements & Testosterone Boosters:
Regarding the heavily advertised over the counter (OTC) testosterone supplements / testosterone boosters …you know the ones that promise miracle gains with "clinical studies" that are so "amazing" that all you have to do is pay for shipping.
The one ingredient you will NOT find listed on those testosterone supplements / testosterone boosters packaging is Testosterone.
However, OTC testosterone supplements and testosterone boosters do have one thing in common; the notice in extremely small print at the bottom of the package.
"These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The Product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease…"
"The vast majority of studies say anti-aging supplements don't work." Plus, they're not required to be FDA-approved before they're sold, so there's no guarantee that they're safe or effective. "We don't know if they could help, but they could be harmful," says Winifred K. Rossi, deputy director of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the National Institute on Aging.
Source: Health.com updated 7:34 AM EST, Wed December 28, 2011
Human Growth Hormones (HGH):
C4MH physicians do not prescribe HGH!
FDA Approved use of HGH is limited to the treatment of the following conditions:
• Human Growth Hormone Deficiency
• Turner's syndrome
• Chronic renal insufficiency
• Intrauterine growth retardation
• Prader-Willi syndrome
• Continued height deficit at puberty
FDA has not approved other medical use of human growth hormone.
The pharmaceutical industry is keen to use HGH treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and obesity, anti-aging therapies and as athletic performance enhancer. But the FDA has not approved HGH for mentioned purposes and will not until thorough research.
Human growth hormone use is not without potential risks and side effects. Prescribed HGH products also cause for swelling of the hands and feet, self limited musculoskeletal pain which can be treated with analgesics. Possibility of developing of carpal tunnel syndrome is there. Thyroid function and in case of diabetics or non-diabetics, glucose level should be monitored as high dose HGH can induce insulin resistance. Other conditions associated with prescription of HGH are gynecomastia, intracranial hypertension and development of antibodies to the human growth hormone protein.
Source: FDA http://www.hgh9.com/hgh-fda.html