Patterns of testosterone prescription overuse

Guneet K. Jasuja, Shalender Bhasin, Adam J. Rose

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Purpose of review There has been an increase in the prescribing of testosterone therapy in the past decade. There is concern that at least part of this increase is driven by advertising rather than sound medical practice. The purpose of this review is to summarize the recent trends in testosterone prescribing, and to examine whether testosterone is being appropriately prescribed as per guidelines. Recent findings Both global and U.S. data reflect an overall increase in the use of testosterone in the last decade, although there are early signs of a decline in testosterone sales since 2014. This increased prescribing has been accompanied with an overall increase in testing for testosterone levels, prescription of testosterone without the appropriate diagnostic evaluation recommended by clinical practice guidelines, and apparent use of this therapy for unproven medical conditions. Summary Research to date suggests that there is room to improve our prescribing of testosterone. Greater understanding of the potential provider-level and system-level factors that contribute to the current prescribing practices may help accomplish such improvement.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)240-245
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • overuse
  • prescribing
  • testing
  • testosterone
  • trends

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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