On June 8, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a warning to physicians alerting them of potential side effects when prescribing high doses of Zocor (simvastatin).  Manufactured by Merck & Co., Zocor is a synthetic statin used to lower cholesterol.  An estimated 2.1 million Americans currently take Zocor.  However, a recent study conducted by FDA medical experts revealed that patients who take more than 80 milligram doses of Zocor face an increased risk of muscle injury, rhabdomyolysis or myopathy.  If the muscle damage metastasizes, patients may experience kidney failure.  The FDA advised physicians not to prescribe high doses of Zocor to new patients; high-dose prescriptions should be limited to only patients who have taken 80 milligram doses of Zocor for more than a year without side effects.  Individuals who took Zocor and suffered muscle injuries or kidney failure may be eligible to file Zocor lawsuits.  Plaintiffs filing Zocor lawsuits may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries.

Muscle Injuries and Kidney Failure Likely to Result in Zocor Lawsuits

Of the estimated 2.1 million Americans who have been prescribed Zocor, 12 percent take the highest dose of the drug.  Although side effects of Zocor include various types of muscle injury, the most serious side effect is rhabdomyolysis, which can fatally injure the kidneys.  Rhabdomyolysis is a condition that 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 5 out of every 100,000 Zocor users.  Zocor lawsuits are a potential remedy for individuals throughout the United States who have been diagnosed with muscle problems as well as kidney failure as a result of taking the drug.

Given the recent FDA warning, Merck may soon be defending numerous Zocor lawsuits.  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.  As a result of Merck’s failure to warn consumers about the risk of muscle injuries and potential for kidney failure, the likelihood that those individuals will begin filing Zocor lawsuits increases.  Should Merck be found liable in these Zocor lawsuits, the company will have to pay compensation to injured victims.

Who Can File Zocor Lawsuits?

Individuals who were prescribed high doses of Zocor and sustained muscle injuries or kidney failure are potential candidates for Zocor lawsuits.  If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffered side effects as a result of taking Zocor, you may be eligible to participate in one of the Zocor lawsuits seeking compensation for your injuries and reimbursement of your expenses.  Contact one of our Zocor injury attorneys today for a free assessment of your potential Zocor lawsuit and find out if you are eligible for compensation.  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 lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.

Published November 17, 2011 by