If you took Zocor, a popular cholesterol drug manufactured by Merck & Co., and experienced serious Zocor side effects, consider filing a Zocor lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. A Zocor lawsuit seeks compensation for:
- medical expenses;
- pain and suffering;
- lost wages; and
- other injuries.
Contact a Zocor lawyer at our firm today for a free case review.
Zocor is a synthetic statin used to lower cholesterol. Prior to 2005, when it became available in generic form (simvastatin), Zocor was Merck’s best-selling drug, as well as the second best-selling cholesterol drug worldwide. In 2005, Zocor sales reached $4.3 billion. Last year, an estimated 2.1 million people were prescribed Zocor or its generic equivalent. Zocor works by decreasing lipids in the bloodstream. However, recent studies suggest that Zocor has been linked to an increased risk of muscle injuries. Specifically, patients who take 80 mg of Zocor are at a greater risk for muscle injury, myopathy, and rhabdomyolysis.
Zocor Muscle Injuries
Zocor side effects have been investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). The agency has issued numerous warnings and advisories about Zocor muscle injuries.
- In March 2010, the FDA issued its first warning about Zocor muscular injury side effects. The FDA warned that taking 80mg doses of Zocor may lead to Zocor muscle injuries, and that the risk increases for patients who take Zocor in conjunction with other blood pressure medications.
- On June 8, 2011, the FDA added new Zocor side effect warnings to Zocor’s labeling. The recommendation advised physicians not to prescribe high doses of Zocor to new patients, and limit high-dose prescriptions to only patients who have taken 80 mg doses of Zocor for more than a year without Zocor side effects.
- Additionally, the FDA has also required Merck to change the drug’s labeling in order to reduce the risk of prescription errors, and clearly differentiate the drug’s differing dosage amounts.
Patients who took Zocor and suffered from side effects may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other injuries by filing a Zocor lawsuit.
Zocor Side Effects Include Rhabdomyolysis
A serious Zocor side effect is Rhabdomyolysis, an alarming condition that may fatally injure the kidneys. Rhabdomyolysis causes muscle fibers to break down and release the protein myoglobin. When myoglobin is released into the body, the kidneys attempt to filter it out of the bloodstream, eventually causing them to fail. Rhabdomyolysis affects about five out of every 100,000 Zocor users.
Other Zocor side effects include:
- Muscle injury;
- Rhabdomyolysis; and
- Kidney failure.
If you took Zocor and suffered from these side effects, speak to a Zocor lawyer to learn how to protect your legal rights.
Who Can File a Zocor Lawsuit?
If you took high doses of Zocor and sustained muscle injuries or kidney failure, consider filing a Zocor lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries and reimbursement of your expenses. Contact a Zocor side effects lawyer today for a free assessment of your potential Zocor lawsuit. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience, and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients. In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our Zocor lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process. Call today: (877) 779-1414