As in many other states throughout the nation, a growing number of Kentucky residents are seeking financial compensation for injuries that could be caused by adverse Lipitor side effects.
Kentucky Lipitor lawyers note that these lawsuits allege breach of contract and implied warranty due to deceptive marketing and package labels that failed to warn about potentially serious risks of taking Lipitor.
Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuits as a Mass Tort
Initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in late 1996, Lipitor is the trade name for atorvastatin. The last six letters denote chemical classification within a larger category of drugs collectively known as “statins” that are commonly prescribed to reduce low-density lipoproteins (LDLs).
Although the fifth statin drug to be developed, Lipitor quickly became the most popular because early clinical trials indicated exceptional ability in both lowering LDL and raising HDL levels. Despite initial optimism, however, subsequent research developed that consistently reveals many dangerous Lipitor side effects.
The Mayo Clinic website features an in-depth discussion of Lipitor side effects that can include muscle pain, liver and kidney damage or failure, and even Type II diabetes. Besides direct interference with liver enzymes that produce LDLs, studies indicate that statins may affect enzymatic manufacture by other glands and organs like the pancreas that excretes insulin, hormone essential to proper sugar digestion.
Despite similar discoveries as early as the late 1990s, Pfizer continued to mass market its “safe and effective” medication. Consequently, many former Lipitor users are now diabetics who face lifelong diabetes medications, dietary restrictions, frequent blood glucose testing and diminished activity, and these patients claim it is due to Lipitor. In addition, Type II diabetes poses an even greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease in addition to permanent blindness and lifelong dialysis due to kidney failure.
Consider a Kentucky Lipitor Lawsuit if You Have Been Injured
If you developed Type II diabetes or any other medical condition after taking Lipitor, contact Attorney Group for Kentucky today. We offer a no-cost initial consultation, can help you understand your options and connect you with an experienced attorney. Contact us today to learn more.