Lipitor Lawsuits - Information Regarding Women with Diabetes


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Alleged side effects of Lipitor in women include Type 2 diabetes. If you’ve taken Lipitor and are now battling diabetes, speak with a lawyer confidentially about your rights.

Lipitor Diabetes Risk

Despite the growing popularity of Lipitor and other statin drugs like Crestor and Zocor for reducing cholesterol levels, a number of lawsuits have been filed against Pfizer in recent years, on behalf of Lipitor patients who have experienced serious side effects like Type 2 diabetes allegedly caused by the statin medication. Additionally, product liability lawyers across the country are investigating Lipitor claims involving alleged side effects of the statin drug. If you took Lipitor to control your cholesterol, and you have since experienced Type 2 diabetes or another serious medical condition, contact a reputable attorney in your area to discuss the benefits of filing a drug injury lawsuit against Pfizer.

Lipitor Alternatives for High Cholesterol

For people with high cholesterol, there are steps you can take to lower your cholesterol naturally, with supplements and herbs, rather than taking statins or another type of pharmaceutical drug, including trying the following:

  • Garlic may help decrease blood levels of total cholesterol for the short-term
  • Guggulipid (the gum resin of the mukul myrrh tree) can significantly reduce blood levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol
  • Policosanol (produced from sugar cane) has been found to be effective in lowering LDL cholesterol
  • Niacin (found in meats, dairy products, fish and eggs) may, according to the Mayo Clinic, increase levels of “good” HDL cholesterol
  • Red yeast rice has been found to lower cholesterol
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (also known as fish oil) can help reduce heart disease and lower triglycerides
  • Increasing dietary fiber intake, including nuts and soybeans and other plant foods, to decrease cholesterol levels
  • Avoiding trans fats, which are known to increase LDL and lower heart-protecting HDL

FDA, Lipitor and Side Effects

March 2009 – The FDA requires drug safety labeling changes for Lipitor, to include the risk of hepatic failure allegedly associated with Lipitor.

February 2012 – The FDA issues a consumer update highlighting several new health risks associated with Lipitor, including an increased risk of high blood sugar, called hyperglycemia, and the development of Type 2 diabetes.

March 2015 – The FDA requires additional drug safety labeling changes, to reflect the risk of myositis, or inflammation and degeneration of muscle tissue, from Lipitor.

Lipitor Side Effect Studies

February 17, 2010The Lancet publishes research linking statin medications to a 9% increased risk of diabetes, based on a meta-analysis of 13 clinical trials.

April 2011 – Research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology links higher doses of Lipitor to a higher risk of diabetes.

January 23, 2012 – A study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine finds that the risk of diabetes associated with Lipitor and other statin drugs is more pronounced among post-menopausal women. Women between the ages of 50 and 79 taking a statin drug face a 48% higher risk of diabetes than those not taking a statin, the researchers conclude.

2013 – Researchers find that patients taking statin medications may face an increased risk of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases compared to non-users, including a 19% higher risk of muscle and joint problems, and a 13% higher risk of sprains, strains and dislocations.

March 19, 2013 – The British Medical Journal publishes research linking the use of high-potency statins, like Lipitor, to a 34% increased risk of kidney injury.

June 4, 2013 – The medical journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcome publishes a study involving nearly 250,000 people, linking Lipitor treatment to a 9% increased risk of Type 2 diabetes side effects.

November 2013 – The journal JAMA Ophthalmology publishes a study linking the use of Lipitor and other statin drugs to a 9%-27% increased risk of cataracts. The researchers indicate that the longer the use of the medications, the higher the risk.

May 29, 2014 – Researchers from Canada publish a study in the British Medical Journal finding that users of powerful statin drugs like Lipitor may face a 15% increased risk of being diagnosed with diabetes within two years of beginning treatment.

July 24, 2014 – A study published in the journal Diabetes Care links higher doses of cholesterol-lowering statins to higher rates of Type 2 diabetes. According to the study, patients who took the highest doses of statin drugs had a 32% increased risk of developing new-onset diabetes.

March 5, 2015 – A Diabetologia study conducted by researchers from Finland indicates that Lipitor and other cholesterol-lowering drugs in the statin class may increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 46% among men aged 45 and older.

Why We Think Pfizer Should Be Held Liable for Lipitor Injuries

Although Lipitor was first approved by the FDA in 1996, it wasn’t until February 2012 that Pfizer finally communicated to consumers and the medical community, the potential for the medication to cause high blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes in users. However, at this point, thousands of patients had already taken Lipitor to lower their cholesterol, and many have suffered Type 2 diabetes and other serious side effects as a result. Lipitor lawsuits brought against Pfizer in recent years over diabetes and other statin complications all involve similar allegations, including that Pfizer:

  • Manufactured and sold a defective drug
  • Failed to adequately research the safety and effectiveness of Lipitor before submitting the drug for FDA approval
  • Withheld information from the public about the risk of diabetes from Lipitor
  • Failed to provide the public with adequate information about the potential health risks of Lipitor
  • Knew or should have known about the risk of Type 2 diabetes from Lipitor before making the drug available for consumer use
  • Was negligent in failing to warn about the risk of Lipitor side effects

What should you do? If you have suffered Type 2 diabetes or another alleged side effect of Lipitor, contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss filing a Lipitor lawsuit.

No pharmaceutical drug should put consumers at risk of severe, life-long side effects like Type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, there are a number of medications already on the market in the United States that have the potential to cause consumers serious harm. If you have developed Type 2 diabetes or another serious side effect that you believe to be related to Lipitor, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help you contact a reputable attorney who has experience handling defective drug cases. With a knowledgeable Lipitor lawyer on your side, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against Pfizer, in order to seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages related to the allegedly harmful drug.

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