Patients in Iowa and across the nation are filing lawsuits against Pfizer, the manufacturer of the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor. The most common claim stated by an Iowa Lipitor lawyer on behalf of a damaged client/plaintiff is development of new-onset Type II diabetes after taking Lipitor to prevent heart disease and strokes from elevated cholesterol levels. The plaintiffs in most Lipitor lawsuit cases also state Pfizer failed to adequately warn patients about the dangers of taking Lipitor, despite allegedly having knowledge of the potential risks since shortly after introducing the drug in the 1990’s.
“Lipitor” is the trade name for a chemical substance called atorvastatin, which is further sub classified within a group of compounds known as “statins” that are most commonly prescribed to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. Since Pfizer first began manufacturing and marketing Lipitor, the medication has gained popularity and become one of the best-selling pharmaceutical products of all time with to-date gross revenues of approximately $130 billion.
Potentially Severe Adverse Lipitor Side Effects
This success could be mostly attributed to an intensive and extensive marketing campaign sponsored and maintained by Pfizer and Wilbert-Lambert, Inc. Consequently, many feel that too much promotion far too quickly is what caused possibly millions of patients to develop serious medical disorders that could include:
- Muscle spasms and pain
- Muscular weakness
- Muscular apathy and deterioration
- Kidney damage and kidney failure (aka renal failure)
- Liver damage
- Loss of memory
- Type II diabetes
Lipitor Side Effects Pose Especially High Risk for Postmenopausal Women
Among the most notable research results was a publishing by a University of Massachusetts medical researcher in 2012. Reported findings revealed that women between 50 and 70 who use Lipitor daily face a risk of developing first-time Type II diabetes up to 50 percent greater than non-statin using women in that age group.
Among chief symptoms of new-onset Type II diabetes is:
- Excessive urination
- Extreme and insatiable thirst
- Constant and severe hunger
- Unexplained sudden weight loss
- Chronic fatigue and irritable mood
- Frequent boils or sores on skin surfaces
- Blurry eyesight
- Wounds/cuts/sores that fail to heal
- Recurring infections of the gums, bladder and/or skin
- Tingling in extremities (feet, hands and fingers)
Do You Need An Iowa Lipitor Lawyer?
If you or someone you love lives in Iowa and developed Type II diabetes or another serious medical condition after taking Lipitor, contact Attorney Group for Iowa. We are here to help you understand your legal rights, help you determine if you have a case, and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can help you file your lawsuit. Contact us today for your free consultation.