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Lipitor Increases Risk of Diabetes
Lipitor, by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, is used to treat high cholesterol levels. It works by blocking a certain enzyme (HMG CoA) in the liver, stopping the production of LDL-cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol.
Lipitor is part of a class of drugs known as statins, which are quite effective in lowering cholesterol levels, but are also known to significantly increase the risk of developing type II diabetes for post-menopausal women.
There are many complications associated with diabetes including heart attacks, stroke, liver damage, kidney failure and more. Diabetes can lead to decreased quality of life, costly medical bills, loss of wages and even death.
In 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandated that Pfizer warn patients and healthcare providers about the increased risk of developing type II diabetes.
Many consider this precaution too little and too late, as Lipitor had already been on the market for 16 years.
Because Pfizer failed to inform the public about the dangers of this drug, several lawsuits have been filed against Pfizer’s Lipitor with success.
The Science is in: Lipitor is Dangerous
Well established scientific institutions have found that Lipitor significantly increases the risk of developing type II diabetes.
For example, Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, MPH, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that Lipitor increased the risk of diabetes by nearly 50% in post-menopausal women.
Over the past decade, supporting evidence has flooded medical journals such as the Lancet, Circulation, the American College of Cardiology, and more showing that Lipitor and other statins significantly increase the risk of developing type II diabetes in post-menpausal women, women who were otherwise at low risk for contracting the disease.
Although the numbers vary slightly from study to study, the bottom line is clear: Lipitor significantly increases the risk of diabetes, a serious and long-term medical condition.
The Case Against Lipitor
Pfizer did not make the increased risk of diabetes known publicly, and consequentially many Lipitor consumers have suffered severe adverse health effects.
If Pfizer had properly informed healthcare providers and patients about the risks associated with their drug, many would have opted a less risky form of treatment. Instead, patients were not given the information they needed to make informed decisions regarding their own healthcare.
When a pharmaceutical company chooses to put its interests first, before the health of consumers, the consequences can be devastating to individuals and their families.
If you feel that you may be eligible for compensation, contact us today. Consumer Claim Center of America is is a patient advocacy service. We will help you determine if you are entitled to a claim, assist throughout the claims process, and connect you with the right attorney.
We are representing women with a body mass index (BMI) of 32 and below, as these women are not typically at high risk for developing type II diabetes. BMI is a measurement that uses a person’s height and weight to determine if they are under weight, of a healthy weight, or overweight.
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Rhabdomyolysis and Lipitor
Rhabdomyolysis is a severe Lipitor Side Effect in which the skeletal muscles rapidly disintegrate releasing the protein myoglobin into the blood and which leaks into the urine. The condition is serious because the myoglobin protein is potentially toxic and damages the kidney cells and the liver in the process. Kidney failure may result.
The skeletal muscles are among the three kinds of muscles in the body. Skeletal muscles are responsible for movement of the skeleton at the joints.
Causes of Rhabdomyolysis
Rhabdomyolysis is caused by several factors including;
- · Medications such as Lipitor (Atorvastatin) and other drugs in the Statin class;
- Anesthesia medications, psychiatric medications, HIV medication and Colchine.
- · Prolonged Coma
- · Prolonged Seizures
- · Musculoskeletal Trauma and Accidents
- · Severe Burns
- · Physical Torture
- · Extreme physical workouts and activities such as running a marathon
- · Genetic diseases of the muscle
Symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis
Rhabdomyolysis can progress unnoticed since it may not exhibit any symptoms. Severe muscle damage resulting from Rhabdomyolysis will lead to muscle aches, muscle pain, weakness and stiffness. The urine of the patient suffering from Rhabdomyolysis may sometimes have a dark coloration ranging from cola color to red.
Rhabdomyolysis is diagnosed by detecting abnormally high levels of muscle enzymes in the blood. The more the muscles are destroyed, the higher the level of these enzymes in the blood. Myoglobin should not be elevated in the blood or urine. It usually points to Rhabdomyolysis. Urinalysis is also done to determine whether there is myoglobin in the urine of the patient.
Complications of Rhabdomyolysis
Rhabdomyolysis has several complications that include:
- · Renal failure and acute injury to the kidney or kidney failure
- · Compartment Syndrome
- · Electrolyte abnormalities
If Rhabdomyolysis is detected early, then it can be treated and the patient can regain their health but late diagnosis makes it difficult to treat the disease especially in cases where the kidney and liver have been affected. Dialysis or a kidney transplant may be required for such chronic stages of the disease.
Another complication of Rhabdomyolysis is compartment syndrome. This is described by the failure of blood to flow normally through a section of tissue in the body because of pressure build up in the tissue location. It leads to tissue damage and myoglobin eventually seeping into the urine. The pressure may result from accidents to lower limbs or muscle injury that causes swelling therefore creating a pressure zone. It is a serious matter that may require emergency surgery to correct it.
Electrolyte imbalance results when muscle cell contents enter the bloodstream therefore elevating the phosphorus and potassium levels in the blood. This results in an abnormal electrolyte environment that requires correction to regain its normal balance.
Treatment of Rhabdomyolysis
Rhabdomyolysis treatment involves identifying its causes and applying treatments or interventions. If it is caused by Lipitor, then consult a physician to determined if use of the drug should be stopped immediately. If electrolyte complication has already occurred, then a replacement of electrolytes is necessary. If there is an underlying muscle disease, the disease must be identified and treated. A Lipitor Lawsuit may entitle you to compensation that includes the funds you’ll need to deal with this debilitating condition.
For severe cases where kidney failure has occurred the patient will rely on dialysis until a transplant can be arranged. Either way, an affected patient’s lifestyle will have been changed – and not for the better. Dialysis and kidney failure translates into a changed lifestyle that may require a patient to be in and out of hospital frequently, undergo frequent testing and close monitoring by a medical practitioner. Transplants are always risky procedures, and will likely involve lifelong medication and monitoring. Because of these unwanted changes in lifestyle, you or a loved one may end up depleting his or finances because of a medical condition that would have otherwise been avoided were it not for Lipitor usage.
You may also be entitled to compensation for the injuries and losses you suffered if you experienced either of these life-altering changes as a result of Lipitor use.
Lawsuits Arising from Rhabdomyolysis Complications
Rhabdomyolysis cases which stem from the use of Lipitor have resulted in product liability lawsuits. In these cases, plaintiffs are typically represented by their attorneys, who argue in court that the manufacturer, Pfizer, failed to provide adequate warnings regarding the drug’s use to patients and their doctors.
The packaging only came with a black box warning after the FDA investigated the matter. The FDA then directed the company to add detailed warnings regarding the drug use to the bottle packaging. Unfortunately, patients had already been injured by the drug.
Lipitor is used to manage high levels of cholesterol in the body. It is effective in in that regard but research studies show that it causes drastic and debilitating side effects that leave the patient in seriously injured.
Lipitor Lawsuit Compensation
Currently, Lipitor lawsuits claiming that Lipitor usage caused Rhabdomyolysis are seeking compensation for present and anticipated future medical care, present and future lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one is or was a Lipitor user and you believe that Lipitor caused your Rhabdomyolysis, We can assist you, find out if qualify for a Lipitor Lawsuit. Call 1-800-499-6652
Coping with Rhabdomyolysis
If you or a loved one has been afflicted with Rhabdomyolysis after taking Lipitor, costly medical attention will likely be needed. If you or a loved one has been unable to work due to the disease, it may be hard or even impossible to pay for medical treatment, let alone everyday living expenses. Even if you have, the disease can pose a great financial strain on you and your family.
The Rhabdomyolysis disease can be crippling to your overall life and you may be forced to have an altered and degraded lifestyle. If you believe you or a loved one has been seriously injured by using Lipitor, contact us today to determine your eligibility to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for you injuries and losses.
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Has There Been a Lipitor Recall?
Pfizer’s drug Lipitor is the best-selling drug in the history of pharmaceuticals, with annual sales estimates of $12 billion; however, some serious side effects have been witnessed after it’s use which should warrant a Lipitor Recall. Plaintiffs have sued Pfizer for their role in downplaying potential Lipitor side effects. These side effects pose health concerns that are far worse than the condition the drug was intended to treat. Pfizer is blamed for failing to warn patients and doctors of these side effects associated with the use of Lipitor. Such serious repercussions following the drug’s use are inciting consumers to urge Pfizer to incite a Lipitor Recall.
History of Lipitor
Lipitor has been on the market since 1996. The highest sales ever for Lipitor earned Pfizer about $13 billion. The drug has been a high profile drug ever since it was introduced onto the market. It is intended to treat high cholesterol levels but it has been shown to harbor serious side effects that occur after long term use of the drug.
Earlier on, an uncharacteristic odor emanating from a certain batch of 40mg Lipitor tablets forced Pfizer to recall certain lots of the drug. In an issued statement, Pfizer explained that the bottles with the odor were not likely to cause adverse reactions to patients using the drug but because of the company’s reputation in maintaining high standards, they felt it was necessary to take Lipitor recall action. The odor was suspected to come from the packaging bottles which were from a third party supplier.
Another massive recall came when an Indian company, Ranbaxy Laboratories, allegedly packed and distributed generic Lipitor with glass shards mixed up in the tablets. Pfizer also works hand in hand with their department for the generic version of Lipitor known as Greenstone. Ranbaxy is an independent company which has been allowed to sell their generic version of Lipitor on the US market. Its shares dwindled by the day due to the Lipitor recall it had suffered.
Ranbaxy has rights to sell atorvastatin using Pfizer’s brand name, Lipitor. The Indian company operated under the FDA consent and decree. This was due to lower standards in some of the company’s plants which did not manufacture Lipitor. The Lipitor recall was a voluntary action for Ranbaxy Laboratories.
Important Lipitor Recall Notice:
It is important to note that although certain batches of Lipitor and generic Lipitor have been recalled, the drug remains on the market despite increasing amounts of users developing life threatening conditions after its use. Help Take a stand against the manufacturer. Bring the truth to light by demanding a Lipitor Recall.
FDA Warnings on Lipitor
In February 2011, a warning was issued by the FDA on the potential risk of developing adverse skeletal muscle side effects in patients on Lipitor and also in a class of drugs called protease inhibitors. These protease inhibitors are used to treat patients infected with Hepatitis C and the HIV virus.
In January 2012, a study was published in a notable journal, the Archives of Internal Medicine, regarding the development of Diabetes type II after long term use of Lipitor in post-menopausal women. This study highlighted the risk of taking Lipitor and showed how Lipitor greatly increased the chances of developing Diabetes.
The US Food and Drug Administration are responsible for approving Lipitor onto the market. In February 2012, Pfizer was directed by the FDA to update its Lipitor label and include a black box that would provide detailed information regarding the Diabetes type II side effect associated with the use of the drug.
The FDA has been in the limelight for some time after their approval of defective drugs and leniency on manufacturers. The Ranbaxy history for instance is not encouraging yet the FDA went ahead and approved their sale of the generic version of Pfizer’s Lipitor drug.
Another notable study published in the British Medical Journal followed shortly in May 2013 showing the correlation between Lipitor use and the development of Type II Diabetes. Another study still on Lipitor also showed the development of acute kidney failure or damage after only four months of using Lipitor. This second study was also published in the British Medical Journal, a reputed journal.
It is not uncommon for product liability lawsuits to be filed. Lipitor is among the several cases against giant pharmaceutical companies to erupt after several plaintiffs attested to the fact that the drug use is indeed riddled with serious side effects. Pfizer is not new to such lawsuits. In fact, Lipitor is one of several drugs manufactured by Pfizer that has come into the limelight because of the adverse reactions it leaves on the user.
A request by plaintiffs to have all the Lipitor lawsuits on Diabetes consolidated in a Federal Court was rejected by the US Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigations. A number of lawsuits had been filed by various attorneys on behalf of patients who had developed the disease as a result of using Lipitor.
While the Multidistrict litigation failed, plaintiffs are free to file a Lawsuit if they feel that Lipitor has harmed their health.
Current Lipitor News
Unfortunately, Lipitor is responsible for side effects that include debilitating muscle failure, also known as Myopathy, Rhabdomyolysis, renal failure, and Type II Diabetes.
The Lipitor Recall that affected Ranbaxy Laboratories led to a halt in the production of the drug. The company’s share of 43% fell to 3%.
Pfizer still produces Lipitor but its label has a clear warning of the side effects encountered with prolonged use. The instances of these conditions have become all too common. The drug should be permanently removed from the market in a Lipitor Recall
Are You Eligible to File?
Plaintiffs are coming out in large numbers to file lawsuits regarding the use of Lipitor. Some of the complications that are currently being featured include Type II Diabetes, Rhabdomyolysis, Kidney and Liver failure.
Compensation may soon be awarded in cases of side effects concerning the skeletal muscles, Diabetes type II, kidney and liver damage. Certain Lipitor settlements will include money for lost wages, medical bills and suffering or pain resulting from the use of Lipitor.
In order to build a strong case against the manufacturer, you should be able to prove that these conditions have come about as a result of the use of Lipitor. That is why you should choose a qualified and experienced Lipitor attorney.
The form that you are asked to complete will help us assess if you qualify for compensation.
Our consultation is free. We do not charge for case assessments.
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We are standing by to assess your case and by doing so we will urge Pfizer to make a Lipitor Recall.