Patients from Arkansas and across the country have been affected by the side effects of statins. Lipitor, the most popular statin currently, is one of the highest grossing pharmaceutical drugs in America’s history. Statins are prescribed to help prevent cardiovascular problems relating to excessive levels of cholesterol in a patient. They work by inhibiting the amount of cholesterol production of the liver. Unfortunately, one of the reported severe side effects of statins includes the potential for higher blood sugar which can lead to diabetes.
Risk v. Reward
Most prescription and medical decisions boil down to an analysis of Risk v. Reward. Any significant change one makes or introduces to their body has the potential to be damaging. The law requires that manufacturers provide the means for doctors and consumers to make informed choices about their care.
Lipitor was approved by the FDA for use in 1996. It was not until 2012, after independent sources conducted their own studies, that it was shown that Lipitor caused elevated blood sugar and Type 2 Diabetes in some people. Even after the FDA required Pfizer to change their label and include a warning, they still do not come right out and warn of the potential for Type 2 Diabetes.
Potential For Increased Blood Sugar
Independent studies found that post-menopausal women were at the highest risk for elevated blood sugar levels and the development of Type 2 Diabetes after taking Lipitor. This is but one of the serious side effects of statins that can potentially cause long-term damage to a patient. The increased blood sugar levels can also cause those who are borderline diabetic to become diabetic.
Lawsuits Over Side Effects of Statins Such as Lipitor
Lawsuits are being brought against Pfizer to seek compensation for damages allegedly caused by Lipitor. Type 2 Diabetes is very common in America and has far reaching consequences for the sufferer. A diabetic person may end up blind, losing limbs, or nerve function in their extremities. Diabetes management requires significant changes to lifestyle, medical supplies, and even more medical bills. It is a condition that the person will be dealing with for the rest of their life.
That is why you should consider consulting with Attorney Group for Arkansas if you or a loved one has developed diabetes after taking Lipitor. Pfizer, Inc. has an obligation to disclose the potential side effects of statins to the public. The lawsuits being brought to the courtroom claim that they did not. You or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or condition.
Attorney Group for Arkansas can provide a free, no obligation consultation about your claim. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you to an experienced attorney for representation. Contact us today to learn more in a free consultation.