Individuals who have high cholesterol levels often take medication to help them to better manage these levels. In 1996, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Lipitor for this purpose. According to the product’s manufacturer, Pfizer, Inc., Lipitor works to stop the liver from producing cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death that may occur due to blood clot formation.
While many patients have taken Lipitor and experienced decreased cholesterol levels, others have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes allegedly as a result of the medication. If you or someone you love has been adversely affected by Lipitor and you believe that you may be eligible to file a New York Lipitor lawsuit, contact Attorney Group for New York today for more information about pursing a claim and seeking compensation for your injuries.
Is Lipitor Safe?
The FDA required Pfizer to update the warning label on Lipitor in February 2012 to inform consumers of the possibility of developing type 2 diabetes while taking the drug. If you or someone you love experienced one or more of the following complications or if you developed type 2 diabetes, you may be able to file a New York Lipitor lawsuit:
- Muscle or liver problems
- Pancreatic dysfunction
- Neurological disorders
- Cognitive loss
- Kidney failure
Other commonly reported side effects include headaches, joint pain, gas, diarrhea, incomplete or infrequent bowel movements, stomach pain, nausea, fatigue, indigestion and throat irritation. Additionally, evidence from clinical trials has found that certain people may be more likely to develop complications while taking Lipitor, including:
- Those over the age of 65
- Those who have diabetes or kidney or liver disease
- Those who have a smaller body frame
- Those who regularly consume alcohol
- Those who take multiple medications for cholesterol
Plaintiffs Seek Compensation in the U.S.
Patients who have been injured may consider filing a New York Lipitor lawsuit to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages that they might have incurred as a result of the complications allegedly caused by Lipitor. While the relationship between the medication and rhabdomyolisis, liver dysfunction, cognitive damage and heart attacks has been well-established, only recently has the link between type 2 diabetes and Lipitor been suggested.
According to court documents, more than 700 Lipitor lawsuits have been centralized in the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina as of June 2014. Accusations in these lawsuits include claims of type 2 diabetes, and plaintiffs accuse the manufacturer of neglecting to warn the public of this risk. The first Lipitor bellwether trials are scheduled to start on July 1, 2015.
Consider Filing a New York Lipitor Lawsuit Today
Contact Attorney Group for New York for more information about filing a New York Lipitor lawsuit if you took the medication and subsequently developed type 2 diabetes or other complications that you feel were a result of the product. We can provide you with a free case evaluation and help you determine whether you are eligible to seek damages for your injuries. We can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can help you file your New York Lipitor lawsuit and assist you throughout the legal process.