Lipitor is a part of a class of drugs called statins. Statins are used to help lower cholesterol by slowing the liver’s production of cholesterol. High amounts of “bad cholesterol” are linked to plaque build-up on the interior of arteries. Impeded or blocked blood flow to the heart can cause a number of serious cardiovascular problems including, but not limited to, heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
Why be wary of statins?
Lawsuits now allege that the side effects of statins may have been under-reported or misconstrued by the manufacturers. Lipitor is one of the most popular pharmaceutical drugs in United States history, estimated to earn Pfizer, Inc. $12+ billion a year.
The FDA approved Lipitor in December 1996. It was not until 2012, after studies by third party and independent sources, that the FDA issued a warning that one of the side effects of statins could be an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes due to elevated blood sugar levels. Now there are thousands of lawsuits across the US claiming Lipitor caused Type 2 Diabetes, and plaintiffs are seeking compensation for damages.
Are statins safe?
Reports are now showing that post-menopausal women appear to be at the greatest risk for the development of Type 2 Diabetes related to a statin.
Type 2 Diabetes is a serious problem in the United States. Consumers that develop diabetes have to deal with life-long management of their blood sugar levels, diet management, and maintenance. Severe side effects of Type 2 Diabetes can include blindness, loss of limbs, or long-term nerve damage.
Even after the FDA required Pfizer to change their label and warn of Type 2 Diabetes, lawsuits and certain reports claim that the label is still very vague in regards to the warning, using “doublespeak” when referring to the possible dangers.
California Residents Could Be Dealing With The Side Effects of Statins
The popularity of Lipitor means it has likely touched lives in every state. Attorney Group for California recommends a free consultation if you or a loved one have developed Type 2 Diabetes after taking Lipitor.
It is very important to take action now. A consultation with Attorney Group for California is free and with no obligations. We can evaluate your claim and connect you with an experienced, affiliated attorney if you decide to pursue your claim. Contact us today to learn more.