Thursday, May 22, 2014

Gencor's Testofen an Issue in Litigation

If you've been reading about LowT litigation, here is an offshoot of the cases. The class case alleges that defendants have violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and several California laws, including the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law. The lawsuit also alleged breaches of express warranty, implied warranty of merchantability and implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose.  Testofen is not a drug, but an over the counter product, which is represented this way in the company website:

Testofen® is a fenugreek extract standardized for 50% Fenuside™. 
Testofen is the branded name for Gencor’s fenugreek extract. Fenugreek is a well-known, versatile herb that contains over 100 phytochemical constituents, including Furostanol Saponins and Steroidal Saponins.  While fenugreek has multiple health applications, Testofen has been shown to increase sexual desire, help maintain sexual health and muscle mass and support the immune system.* The group of saponin glycosides that Testofen is standardized to is named Fenuside.
After age 30, most men begin to experience a natural and gradual decline in testosterone levels, which can result in reduced desire and a slow loss of muscle tone and definition. Testofen has been shown to promote free testosterone, up to 98 percent, in an eight-week trial (see below).* 

Incorporate Testofen in product formulations designed to support healthy sexual function and performance in adult males.* 

Clinical research

Both animal and human clinical studies have been conducted on Testofen®.

Animal study

Study results: The 2010 study of Testofen on the reproductive systems of rats demonstrated that Testofen supported an increase in the weight of the ani-levator muscle, which led to support for muscle mass and body weight.* 
Citation: Urmila Aswar, 2010. Effect of Furostanol Glycosides from Trigonella foenum –graecum on the reproductive system of Male Albino Rats. Phytotherapy Research, 24, 1482–1488.