Diagnosed with Type II Diabetes after taking Lipitor?
Among the millions of Lipitor users, roughly 2% or less experience serious side effects. Until recently however, it was unknown that Lipitor could lead to Type-2 Diabetes in women. As of August of 2014, many as 400 Lipitor lawsuits have been filed, as part of a MDL. Victims who have been diagnosed with diabetes since being prescribed to Lipitor may be entitled to compensation, if you’ve been one of the unfortunate few, you need to talk to a lawyer today! You can give us a call toll free at (888) 471-8787.
What is Lipitor and how does it work?
Lipitor (atorvastatin), approved by the FDA in 1996, is in the class of drugs known as statins. The drug is prescribed to lower blood cholesterol levels by blocking the HMG-CoA reductase enzyme that produces cholesterol in the liver. The effectiveness of the drug for it’s intended application is quite impressive, it’s no surprise that it’s the top selling drug of all time, with over $140 billion dollars in revenues and counting for Pfizer, the biggest name in the pharmaceutical industry.
Lipitor, and other statins are known to reduce the cholesterol levels, including LDL cholesterol in the blood stream. Typically, statins such as Lipitor work by reducing the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing the good cholesterol (HDL), which can provide many benefits to someone suffering from coronary artery disease. Lipitor is also known to be effective prevention for angina, heart attack or heart failure and stroke.
Well-known Lipitor side effects
Although the benefits of statins are many, like any drug, there’s quite a few harmful side effects. For Lipitor, the list includes:
- Gastrointestinal complications
- Inflammation of muscles (Rhabdomyolysis)
- Kidney failure or death
- Liver damage (although rare)
- Muscle pain
These would be the announced or labeled possible side effects of taking Lipitor, but since 2012, they’ve also announced the possible link to Type-2 Diabetes.
Exploring the Lipitor and Type II Diabetes Link
First and foremost, it’s important to mention that Lipitor is not alone in the class of statins that may be linked to the increased risk of type-2 diabetes. There are countless other statins that could potentially lead to the same negative result. In 2012, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Lipitor among other statins could increase the risk of elevated glucose levels which could lead to the development of diabetes. At that time the manufacturer of Lipitor (Pfizer) to add warning lavels regarding the risk of developing diabetes.
Do I qualify for a Lipitor lawsuit? Can I take legal action?
If you have developed type II diabetes since being prescribed to the presciption statin Lipitor, you may qualify for compensation. There are many active lawsuits at both the state and federal level regarding Lipitor and type-2 diabetes. There were no warnings of any potential link between diabetes and Lipitor prior to being prescribed the medication, and no one deserves to suffer because Pfizer failed to do their homework before releasing the drug. The current lawsuits and claims against Pfizer include negligent conduct, failure to monitor, false advertising, inadequate labeling and ignored risks.
You can get in touch regarding your Lipitor lawsuit by filling out the form to the right on this page or simply give us a call toll free at (888) 471-8787. There will be no fees until or unless our lawsuit or litigation is successful, give Clear Injury a call today to discuss your case, we’re here to help get you the compensation you deserve!