Pfizer, the maker of Lipitor, is dealing with quite a number of lawsuits from its patients as it has failed to warn doctors and patients about serious possible side effects that one may get from using the drug. According to recent medical studies, Lipitor has been linked to an increased risk for diabetes in women who take the popular medication to lower their cholesterol. This has resulted in an increase in Lipitor lawsuits.
What is Lipitor and the Side-effects Linked to It
Lipitor is the brand name for the drug astorvastatin. It is used to treat high cholesterol, and to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications in people with type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors. It is recommended to be used only after other measures such as diet, exercise, and weight reduction have not improved cholesterol levels. With annual sales of about $12 billion, Lipitor is the world’s best-selling medicine. It is the most popular of the cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins.
However, this drug has been linked to some side effects such as it increases the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, nerve damage, muscle damage, memory loss, myopathy, rhabdomyolysis, and “fuzzy” or unfocused thinking.
A January 2012 study published in the medical journal Archives of Internal Medicine found that women between the ages of 50 and 79 who took statin medicines such as Lipitor were 48 percent more likely to develop type-2 diabetes than women who did not.
FDA Warning on Lipitor
In February 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added new warnings to the labels of Lipitor and other cholesterol drugs. The new warnings were based on the results from a study that showed statins may raise blood sugar levels, leading to memory loss and increasing the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
Legal Actions Made
Those patients affected by these side effects are filing lawsuits against the producer of Lipitor. Through this, it will help them get an injury compensation for what they have experienced using the drug. Plaintiffs across the country are filing Lipitor lawsuits, many of which are under consideration into a federal multidistrict litigation for efficient pre-trial proceedings.