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All About the Lipitor Lawsuit
Another unfortunate drug injury litigation – the Lipitor lawsuit – has hit the nation. The problems associated with drug injury cases never seem to end.
Is this because the pharmaceutical companies know very well that nothing can stop their business growth? Do their profits justify suffering?
We, citizens of this country, are the major part of this society. We drive the economy. Despite that it seems the interests of the pharmaceutical companies are more important than our healthcare needs.
Pfizer now has another class action lawsuit on its hands. The Lipitor lawsuit is a drug injury litigation filed by women in the U.S.
What does Lipitor do?
As we mentioned earlier, the medication, which belongs to the statin class of drugs, was first introduced in the market to help patients lower cholesterol. Lipitor received FDA approval in the year 1996. Statins prevent the body from producing low density lipids by blocking an enzyme in the liver, helping to lower cholesterol.
It sounds useful as the low density lipids (also known as “bad cholesterol”) can block major arteries and cause heart complications. So, why are people filing claims against Lipitor if the drug is so helpful?
Reasons to File a Claim
As we have seen over and over again in the past, pharmaceutical companies sometimes mislead the public with appealing marketing and advertising campaigns that downplay the dangers of the drugs they are selling. There is no way to be certain whether or not Pfizer had awareness their drug Lipitor had so many serious health risks. It was their responsibility to be aware of all the risks before releasing this drug to the public. One thing is for certain, serious injury and illness resulted.
Why do the pharmaceutical companies behave so unethically? It would appear that profits are the primary purpose of these drugs, rather than health.
This is why lawsuits are being filed against Lipitor and other dangerous drugs. Although the companies won’t admit their act of ignorance or negligence directly, they are and will be held responsible for mass drug-related injury.
It’s the drug manufacturer’s responsibility to make sure their medications are safe for the public use. Filing a Lipitor lawsuit against Pfizer is the right thing to do because the company never took the responsibility to warn the consumers about the drug’s possible side effects.
Lipitor Lawsuit: The Drug-Induced Side Effects
Right now the spotlight is on Lipitor causing type 2 diabetes in post-menopausal women. You may be eligible to file a Lipitor lawsuit claim if you’ve been diagnosed with this condition after using the drug for a while.
There are also some mild side effects of the drug that you should be aware of. You might notice indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, headache, tiredness, stomach cramps, throat irritation or infrequent bowel movement.
Apart from type 2 diabetes, some patients taking the drug may also suffer other serious and life-threatening complications like jaundice, kidney failure and liver problems. Additionally, the link between Lipitor and rhabdomyolysis is being established. If you notice any of these problems after using the drug for some time, you should contact us, Consumer Claim Centers of America, for a case evaluation.
Or you can fill out our online form, found on the top right portion of this page.
Research Showing Connection Between Lipitor and its Side Effects
There are many studies that show the link between the cholesterol lowering drug and its dangerous side effects. In the year 2010 for instance, The Atherosclerosis study showed that a daily dose of the drug Lipitor triggered diabetes in women. These women didn’t have any pre-existing diabetes markers.
A famous medical journal known as “The Lancet” reviewed several other studies conducted on patients taking Lipitor, and other statins in 2011. The study found that patients showed a 9% higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes after using the drug.
A study published in the Journal “Archives of Internal Medicine” in 2012 found women aged between 50 and 79 who took the drug Lipitor to reduce cholesterol levels had a 48% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
In 2012, the FDA began mandating Pfizer to label the dangerous side effects associated with this drug.
Quick Facts on the Lipitor Lawsuit
Why did the drug come under scrutiny suddenly?
Pfizer, the manufacturer, launched the drug in the market to help women lower cholesterol, which turned out to sometimes do more harm than good. To be specific, Lipitor, which is the brand name of Atorvastatin, has been found to significantly increase the risk of contracting of type 2 diabetes, rhabdomyolysis, and can also cause kidney damage and liver damage.
Filing a Claim Makes Sense
After seeing the rising number of drug injury cases nationwide, it seems as though pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer see us as lab rats. Nobody likes to enter into the complications of a litigation. Unfortunately, it’s the only way through which you can make a giant pharmaceutical company liable for its misconduct.
Both men and women taking this popular medication were exposed to risks that were not made known to them. These risks lead to catastrophic health complications for some. This is not a situation that should be treated lightly.
We can advise you how, and connect you with the appropriate attorney for your individual needs.
The attorneys we work with have an extensive experience in handling drug injury litigation.
But before going to court, you have to make sure you qualify for the litigation. Our claims advocacy service can arrange an online evaluation for you.
All you need to do is provide us the requested information via the online form, or call 1-800-499-6652. We’ll evaluate your eligibility based on the information you give us. We will then schedule an appointment to help you take your Lipitor lawsuit forward.
Filing a Lipitor lawsuit won’t be easy without the help of the professionals. First, use our online evaluation form before you actually decide to lodge a case against Pfizer. You may be eligible for the case and a fair amount of compensation as well.
After getting a confirmation about the eligibility criteria, you can file a litigation to recover your loss. You must not rely on a random, unspecihalized law firm or an attorney. Finding a professional with the requisite drug injury case experience is an absolute necessity if you don’t want to waste your time and money. If you need any assistance with your claim or want to hire a drug injury lawyer, contact us today.