The Dangerous Side Effects of Lipitor
Products liability attorneys represent Memphis, Jackson and West Tennessee clients injured by defective drugs
Lipitor is a prescription drug prescribed to lower blood cholesterol. High levels of cholesterol in the blood can increase the risk of stroke, heart disease and other heart-related diseases. Approved by the FDA in 1996, Lipitor holds the distinction of being the world’s top-selling prescription drug of all time with sales exceeding $130 billion.
Although Lipitor has been proven to be successful at lowering the life-threatening risks of heart disease for millions of patients, its use is also associated with dangerous side effects. Thousands of individuals have taken legal action against Pfizer, Lipitor’s manufacturer, claiming that they were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after having taken Lipitor. Many of the lawsuits are claiming that Pfizer, Inc. failed to warn consumers of the increased risk of type 2 diabetes associated with use of the drug.
At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we fight for the rights of our clients in Memphis, Jackson and throughout West Tennessee who have been harmed by dangerous prescription drugs. If you or your loved one developed type 2 diabetes after using Lipitor, we want to hear your story.
What does Lipitor do in the body?
Lipitor is a statin, which means it inhibits an enzyme called hydroxyl-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA). This reduces the amount of cholesterol the liver produces; it also causes the liver to pull some of the excess cholesterol out of the bloodstream. Lipitor has distinguished itself among all the other statins because it is able to reduce more cholesterol at lower doses than other statins.
What dangerous side-effects are associated with Lipitor use?
Some of the side-effects associated with the use of Lipitor include the following:
- Unexplained muscle pain or weakness
- Confusion and problems with memory
- Fever, unusual tiredness
- Nausea, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite
- Dark urine, jaundice
- An increased risk of type 2 diabetes
- Muscle disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
These complications can also occur with the use of other statins, however, several clinical research studies are exploring the increased risk that Lipitor and other statins pose for type 2 diabetes, and damage to kidneys, liver and muscles.
The FDA has issued warnings about the use of all statins.
Is there any news about Lipitor litigation?
Many former Lipitor consumers have filed lawsuits claiming that Pfizer failed to warn consumers about the risks associated with taking the drug. In 2012 Pfizer updated the Lipitor labels to include a warning about the increased risk of diabetes, but many consumers complained that this was not sufficient.
The lawsuits are being consolidated into Multi District Litigation (MDL). MDLs are not class actions – rather, each complaint is argued on an individual basis. The cases are simply centralized with one judge to streamline the litigation process. This helps move the process along, so that the courts do not become so heavily embroiled in litigation that the cases are never heard.
If you or someone you care about has been injured by taking Lipitor, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Bailey & Greer are ready to help. We have the skills, the resources and the experience you want on your side when facing off against a global giant like Pfizer. Let us focus on the fight so you can focus on your health and recovery.
Learn more about your rights after you sustained harm from using a statin like Lipitor
At the law firm of Bailey & Greer, PLLC we offer you the practical guidance and counsel you need if you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a defective drug or medical device. Please call 877-819-4414 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We are proud to help clients in Memphis, Jackson and throughout West Tennessee.