New research has provided additional evidence that side effects of Lipitor, Crestor and other popular statin medications increase the risk of diabetes among patients, indicating that one out of every five cases of diabetes diagnosed among statin users may actually be caused by the drugs. According to the findings of the landmark study, which was published last week in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, widely-used statin drugs like Lipitor and Crestor significantly increase the risk of diabetes side effects among users. If you took Lipitor to lower your cholesterol and you have since developed diabetes or another major health problem, contact a reputable Lipitor attorney today to discuss the possibility of filing a product liability claim against Pfizer.
Researchers involved in the new study examined data from 14 primary prevention trials involving more than 46,000 individuals who were administered either a statin drug or a placebo. Although no link was found between the use of statins and muscle injury side effects in this study – a connection found in previous research – the study authors did find that 3% of participants taking statin drugs were later diagnosed with diabetes, compared to 2.4% of those given a placebo. This information suggests that one out of every five people who are diagnosed with diabetes while taking a statin like Lipitor may have actually developed the disease because of the medication.
Statin drugs like Lipitor are among the best-selling medications in the United States and are commonly used to treat high cholesterol, which is known as a key contributor to coronary artery disease. However, mounting research has identified Lipitor use as a risk factor for a number of serious side effects, including kidney problems, muscle injury and Type 2 diabetes. In fact, drug maker Pfizer currently faces a number of Lipitor lawsuits filed on behalf of women throughout the country who claim that use of the drug caused them to develop diabetes, which in turn increases their risk of a number of other health problems, including heart disease. Plaintiffs in the Lipitor litigation allege that the drug firm knew or should have known about Lipitor diabetes risks, but intentionally concealed this information from consumers and the medical community.
Despite these known health risks, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology last year called for new guidelines that some say would put millions of additional Americans on Lipitor, Crestor and other statins indefinitely, thereby increasing their risk of diabetes and other health complications. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of Lipitor, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous medications, and can put you in touch with a product liability lawyer who has experience handling Lipitor diabetes claims.
[box type=”note” align=”aligncenter” ]Source: http://cpr.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/03/06/2047487314525531.abstract[/box]