Thousands of patients across the country have filed lawsuits against the makers of Lipitor claiming a number of serious injuries. One such person is a Tennessee woman who recently filed a lawsuit against Pfizer, Inc., for damages caused by Lipitor side effects.
Per initial pleadings, the plaintiff began taking Lipitor in 1997 to lower high cholesterol levels that posed an increased risk of heart disease. Despite being diagnosed with Type II diabetes five years later, she continued taking Lipitor for another five years.
During the entire time, the plaintiff thought she was reducing the odds of suffering a stroke or heart attack by taking Lipitor. However, she reportedly regretted that decision after discovering Lipitor could be the cause of her diabetes, and claims she would have done things differently if package labels had adequately warned about all potential dangers of adverse Lipitor side effects, including Type II diabetes.
Consequently, she and her husband filed a Lipitor diabetes lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Chattanooga Division in late 2013.
Lipitor Diabetes Litigation
Like a growing number of fellow claimants, the plaintiff seeks recovery for damages purportedly caused by Pfizer’s failure to disclose a known link between Lipitor and new-onset diabetes. The couple’s Tennessee Lipitor lawyer claims such non-disclosure violated manufacturers’ legal duty to prevent injury from proper usage of dangerous and/or defective products.
Since first gaining approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in late 1996, Lipitor has gained phenomenal popularity and grossed revenue of $130 billion. Despite this staggering success, research has shown a potential relationship between new-onset diabetes and drugs like Lipitor that belong to the “statin” family of drugs.
A 2012 University of Massachusetts study found that postmenopausal women who take statins daily face a 50 percent greater risk of first time Type II diabetes that non-using females in the same age group.
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If you or a loved one took Lipitor and later were diagnosed with Type II diabetes or another serious illness, contact Attorney Group for Tennessee today. We can help you understand your legal options, and help you determine if you have a case. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney. Contact us today for your free consultation.