Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuits
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Lipitor, a popular statin drug that is taken by millions of people to lower cholesterol, may be associated with an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes. Studies indicate that this risk is highest among post-menopausal women who use the medication. In 2012, information about diabetes was added to the drug’s label, but plaintiffs in Lipitor lawsuits claim that the medication’s prescribing information still does not provide adequate warnings regarding this risk.
You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one developed Type 2 diabetes while taking Lipitor. As both an attorney and practicing physician, Dr. François Blaudeau possesses a unique understanding of the medical and legal questions at issue in Lipitor diabetes lawsuits. To learn more about your legal rights, please call Dr. Blaudeau as soon as possible for a free, no-obligation case review.
Lipitor and Diabetes
Lipitor is among the best-selling prescription drugs of all time. The statin was approved for sale by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996, and is used in conjunction with diet and exercise to lower LDL, or bad, cholesterol. By 2012, Pfizer’s sales of Lipitor had exceeded $130 billion.
Statins like Lipitor have been linked to a number of serious complications, including muscle disorders, kidney problems and diabetes. In February 2012, the FDA ordered the drugs’ manufacturers to add new warnings to their labels regarding potentially harmful effects on blood sugar levels that have the potential to lead to new-onset Type 2 diabetes. The FDA’s warning followed the publication of a study that indicated post-menopausal women were more likely to develop diabetes if they were taking a statin drug.
Patients treated with Lipitor or any other statin should be aware of the signs and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. Inform your healthcare provider if you experience:
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Increased hunger
- Unexplained Weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Sores that are slow to heal or frequent infections
- Areas of darkened skin
In February 2014, Lipitor lawsuits involving Type 2 diabetes were consolidated in a federal multidistrict litigation that is now underway in U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina. By the end of 2014, more than 1,400 claims were pending in the proceeding.
All of the Lipitor lawsuit plaintiffs involved in the multidistrict litigation accuse Pfizer of failing to warn that patients treated with the statin were at an increased risk for diabetes. They further allege that the company concealed this risk in order to protect profits from the sale of the blockbuster drug. Finally, plaintiffs claim that had they been adequately warned of Lipitor’s association with Type 2 diabetes, they either would have chosen not to use the drug, or been closely monitored for the disorder.
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Throughout his career, Dr. Blaudeau has worked hard to develop a strong reputation in healthcare litigation. His first-hand knowledge of medicine has made the Southern Institute for Medical and Legal Affairs an aggressive and effective advocate for those who were harmed due to dangerous and defective drugs. If you believe you or a loved one is suffering from Type 2 diabetes related to the use of Lipitor, please contact the Southern Institute for Medical and Legal Affairs today to learn more about your legal rights. You can arrange for a free, no obligation Lipitor diabetes lawsuit review by filling out our online form, or by calling the office directly at 205-547-5525.