Popular statin medications like Lipitor and Crestor have long been tied to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes in women, but according to new research, women who take these drugs may also face a higher risk of thyroid cancer. In a new study published in the medical journal Clinical Endocrinology, researchers from Taipei Medical University Hospital show that regular use of Lipitor and other statin drugs may be linked to a nearly 40% increased risk of thyroid cancer. If you or a loved one has been harmed by alleged side effects of Lipitor, like diabetes thyroid cancer, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help put you in touch with an experienced Lipitor attorney today.
Researchers involved in this latest statin study examined 500 subjects with thyroid cancer and 2,500 without, and determined that prior use of statin medications like Lipitor was tied to a 39% higher chance of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. However, when the researchers examined their findings further, they noticed that it was specifically female statin users who faced the increased thyroid cancer risk. Statins are among the best-selling medications in the world, and these new findings come as some health organizations are pushing new guidelines that many believe would result in millions of people being put on the potentially dangerous drugs indefinitely.
Serious concerns have been raised recently about the safety of cholesterol-lowering drugs like Lipitor and Crestor, and in February 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required the makers of statin medications to feature new warnings about the potential impact of the drugs on users’ blood glucose levels. This action came on the heels of a study conducted by the Women’s Health Initiative, which found that women, particularly post-menopausal women, may have a 50% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes when they use popular cholesterol-lowering medications like Lipitor and Crestor.
Pfizer currently faces hundreds of Lipitor lawsuits filed on behalf of women who developed Type 2 diabetes while taking the drug, and additional complaints are expected to be brought against the company in the near future, as women across the country learn about the potential link between Lipitor and thyroid cancer side effects. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, thyroid cancer, or another serious health problem, and you believe side effects of Lipitor or Crestor to be the cause, contact a knowledgeable Lipitor lawyer today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a Lipitor lawsuit against Pfizer, in order to seek compensation for your injuries.
[box type=”note” align=”aligncenter” ]Source: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cen.12570/abstract[/box]