Lipitor Type 2 Diabetes Suit
Written by Faith Anderson on June 5, 2013
Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Among Women Taking Lipitor
Lipitor, known generically as atorvastatin, is one of the most widely used medications in the country, generating an estimated $125 billion for Pfizer before it became available in generic form in 2011. Since its introduction, Lipitor has been used by millions of patients in the United States struggling with high cholesterol, and has been promoted by Pfizer as a safe and effective drug. However, there is a growing number of women, Christopher included, who have filed complaints against Pfizer over Type 2 diabetes side effects, alleging that the disease was caused by the potentially dangerous cholesterol medication. Many of these suits claim that, due to complications related to Lipitor use, the plaintiffs are now at an even greater risk for serious medical conditions, including heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and nerve damage.
Lipitor Type 2 Diabetes Warnings
In light of these risks, the FDA announced in February 2012 that it was requiring a new warning label for Lipitor and similar statins, notifying patients about the possible risk of diabetes sideeffects. However, research regarding the potential for Lipitor to cause Type 2 diabetes in patients dates back to 2004, eight years before the FDA required Pfizer to warn patients of this risk. According to Christopher’s lawsuit, “Had Pfizer properly warned […] of the risk associated with using Lipitor, Plaintiff would have avoided the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by either not using Lipitor or by diligently monitoring her blood glucose levels.” As a result, the complaint accuses Pfizer of failure to warn, breach of warranty and defective design, and Christopher is seeking compensatory damages for her substantial injury and permanent disability.
Contact a Reputable Attorney to File a Claim
According to her complaint, Christopher had a healthy weight when she began taking Lipitor in 2003 to help lower her cholesterol and reduce her risk of heart disease. Since she developed diabetes, however, she is now required to follow a restrictive diet, undergo regular testing of her blood glucose levels, and take additional medication to regulate her Type 2 diabetes. If you have suffered from a serious medical condition like Type 2 diabetes, and you believe Lipitor or another potentially defective drug to be the cause, consult a reputable lawyer in your area for legal help. You may have grounds to file a drug injury lawsuit against the manufacturing company, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and other damages.