Although Lipitor has successfully helped many patients to better manage their cholesterol levels, it has recently been linked to serious health complications including heart attacks and type 2 diabetes. If you or someone you love are taking Lipitor and you experienced adverse or life-threatening side effects, you may wish to seek legal counsel to learn more about filing a Lipitor lawsuit in Kentucky and recovering damages for your condition.
New Lipitor Lawsuit in Kentucky Filed Against Pfizer
A new claim filed in Kentucky alleges that the plaintiff’s type 2 diabetes may have been avoided if Pfizer, Inc. provided accurate warnings about the risks and dangers of Lipitor. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, claims that the plaintiff took Lipitor for almost four years, and that she subsequently developed type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, the Lipitor lawsuit in Kentucky alleges that the manufacturer wrongly marketed the product as effective and safe, despite reportedly knowing of the potential for the medication to increase blood sugar levels and cause type 2 diabetes.
According to the claim, the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings with the medication pertaining to the link between Lipitor and diabetes until February 2012; the claim goes on to further allege that the only reason that Pfizer took this action was because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required it to add the information. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that Lipitor’s label is still not complete as it fails to warn patients about the potentially life-threatening risk of type 2 diabetes.
Court documents indicate that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) received a petition in October 2013, revealing over 100 separate lawsuits involving allegations of type 2 diabetes that had been filed by plaintiffs throughout the U.S. The petition asks the court to consolidate all of the federal claims into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) to be heard in front of a judge in U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina.
Attorneys acknowledge that this is the second time that those filing Lipitor lawsuits have requested a consolidation of the pending cases. In April, a petition was filed and subsequently rejected on the grounds that there were not enough lawsuits to comprise an MDL. However, at that time, only 12 claims had been filed in federal courts. A hearing to discuss the most recent petition has not yet been scheduled by the JPML.
Those who were allegedly injured during or after taking Lipitor may be entitled to recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills incurred as the result of their condition. Consumers are urged to seek legal counsel as soon as possible to learn more about their legal rights and filing a claim against the manufacturer.
Lipitor Overview and Complications
Lipitor, a statin medication, is prescribed to patients struggling with high cholesterol. Although it was initially approved by the FDA in December 1996, several clinical trials and adverse event reports have suggested that Lipitor may cause serious and life-threatening complications, including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver dysfunction
- Heart attacks
- Cognitive damage
- Rhabdomyolysis or myopathy
Want to File a Lipitor Lawsuit in Kentucky?
If you or someone you love were injured or diagnosed with a serious health complication such as type 2 diabetes, you may be eligible to file a Lipitor lawsuit in Kentucky and seek compensation for your condition. Contact Attorney Group for Kentucky today to learn more about your legal rights and whether you are entitled to pursue a claim. We will provide you with a free, no-obligation case evaluation and connect you with an affiliated attorney who will handle your Lipitor lawsuit in Kentucky.