Developing Type 2 diabetes after taking a widely-used cholesterol drug may not have been a coincidence, according to a growing number of Lipitor lawsuit plaintiffs, and may qualify you to file a case of your own. Across the nation, a litigation of patients who were prescribed the popular statin from Pfizer, Inc. and now claim a range of serious health problems stemming from use of the drug has continued to increase.
According to plaintiffs in a growing number of Lipitor lawsuits, the following injuries may be associated with the medication:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Kidney or liver damage
- Skeletal Muscle Side Effects (myopathy and rhabdomyolysis)
Lipitor diabetes lawsuits seek compensation for out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages allegedly caused by the cholesterol statin. To find out if you are eligible to file a claim, contact the attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your case. Call our Firm directly at (877) 779-1414.
Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuits
Lipitor is a statin approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat individuals with high cholesterol. Since its 1996 entrance into the U.S. market, the medication has been linked to new-onset diabetes and other injuries in pending litigation that has continued to increase over the past several months. On February 18th, 2014, a total of 56 cases were transferred to a federal litigation established in the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina. It is noteworthy to add that in its first month, court records indicate that number grew to 270. Given the popularity of Lipitor, more lawsuits over the medication may be filed in the future. The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is actively monitoring updates in this litigation, and investigating claims from individuals who may be eligible to join. Learn more about Lipitor diabetes lawsuits when you call the Firm directly.
What is Lipitor?
Lipitor is FDA-approved to lower LDL (“bad”) levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in conjunction with diet and exercise. According to marketing claims from Pfizer, this may reduce the risk for heart attack, stroke and other problems in individuals with heart disease or may be at risk for developing it. Lipitor, which was the best-selling drug in history before it lost patent protection in 2011, works by preventing an enzyme in the liver from creating LDL cholesterol. This medication is referred to as atorvastatin in its generic form.
In February 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a mandate to all statin manufacturers to include the risk for Type 2 diabetes on the labeling of their medications. This Order followed a study published a month earlier that found an increased risk for the disease in post-menopausal women. According to the Archives of Internal Medicine research, drugs like Lipitor may raise the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 48 percent. Another study released in May 2013 indicated that all Lipitor users (not just post-menopausal women) were 22 percent more likely to develop the disease than non-users. These findings were published in the British Medical Journal.
Lipitor diabetes may be associated with the following symptoms:
- Unexplained Fatigue
- Increased thirst or hunger
- Increased urination
- Unexplained weight loss
- Blurry vision
- Frequent infections or wounds that won’t heal
- Areas of darkened skin
Lipitor diabetes lawsuits now pending in South Carolina federal court allege that the FDA’s 2012 mandate to adjust its warning label was insufficient, and users were still not adequately made aware of its dangers. Plaintiffs further accuse Pfizer of negligently designing, manufacturing and marketing a product that was defective.
Lipitor Skeletal Muscle Side Effects
On Lipitor’s labeling, there is also a warning about myopathy and rhabdomyolysis, two conditions that refer to atrophying skeletal muscle tissue. Dangerous levels of myoglobin in the blood stream may result from these conditions, and result in severe kidney damage causing the need for dialysis. Lipitor users should contact their doctor right away if they experience any tenderness, muscle pain, weakness or swelling when taking Lipitor.
Skeletal side effects associated with Lipitor may include:
- Electrolytic disturbances
- Internal blood clotting
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Dark urine
- Oligura or Anuria (decreased or non-existent urine production, respectively)
How Do I File a Lipitor Lawsuit?
Call the attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to receive a free and confidential case evaluation of your Lipitor lawsuit, and to find out whether you may be eligible to join the growing number of individuals who have filed cases against Pfizer. By filing a Lipitor lawsuit, you may receive compensation for lost wages, out-of-pocket medical expenses and other damages this medication may have caused you. Call our Firm now at (877) 779-1414.