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The Lipitor Lawsuits: What’s it all about?

Dangerous Lipitor Side Effects

Many healthcare consumers are being hurt by the popular and commonly used drug. Fight back with a Lipitor lawsuit.

Pfizer is currently being sued by hundreds of consumers who took the prescription drug Lipitor, a cholesterol lowering medication.

Lipitor belongs to a class of drugs known as statins. Lipitor is a particularly potent statin, and consequently is more prone to causing Lipitor side effects.

While Lipitor is indeed effective at lowering cholesterol levels, consumers are reporting serious side effects and illnesses as a result of taking this drug.

 

Some of the more severe complications of taking Lipitor can include:

  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Type II diabetes
  • Muscle problems
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver problems

The number of Lipitor lawsuits is skyrocketing because Pfizer failed to appropriately warn consumers of the risks of taking Lipitor.

If Pfizer had been responsible in warning the public about the risks involved with taking this drug, consumers and healthcare providers could have taken the necessary steps to help prevent some of these complications from arising.

Currently, litigation is focusing on post-menopausal women with a BMI (body mass index) of 32 or lower who took Lipitor and subsequently were diagnosed with type II diabetes. However, we still recommend you contact us for free claims advice even if you don’t fall into this category, as you may be eligible for a Lipitor lawsuit.

For example, claims that Lipitor can lead to rhabdomyolysis, a condition involving the breakdown of muscle tissue are surfacing left and right.

If you have been adversely affected by Lipitor you may be eligible for compensation. Click here for more information on the Lipitor rhabdomyolysis connection.

Lipitor Causes Type II Diabetes

Thousands of Lipitor consumers are receiving terrible news: they have now developed type II diabetes as a direct result of taking Lipitor.

This news is shocking patients across the country, as Pfizer has not been forthcoming to the public that this medication significantly increases the risk of contracting type II diabetes.

Post-menopausal women are particularly at risk for developing diabetes while taking Lipitor, although other populations such as men and pre-menopausal women are also being affected.

Several scientific studies over the past decade have confirmed the fact: Lipitor significantly increases the risk of developing type II diabetes, especially in post-menopausal women. Read more about these studies by clicking here.

These are women who would not otherwise be at risk for diabetes, women who now have to live with this chronic and life-changing disease.

How could Lipitor Cause Type II Diabetes?

Although scientists have established a clear causal relationship between Lipitor and type II diabetes (meaning they have found that Lipitor indeed causes type II diabetes to develop), exactly how this happens is still unclear.

Studies have shown that taking Lipitor or other statins decreases the body’s ability to control blood sugar levels. People who take Lipitor often have abnormally high blood sugar.

Scientists suspect that the drug may be interfering with the pancreas’ ability to produce insulin, and/or decrease the body’s sensitivity to insulin.

Insulin is a hormone that lowers blood sugar levels when released into the bloodstream. The cells of the body (muscle cells for instance) need sugar for energy.

The particular kind of sugar the body uses to fuel its cells is called glucose.

Insulin signals cells to take in more glucose (aka sugar), thus removing the sugar from bloodstream as it moves into the various different kinds of cells in the body.

Type II diabetes develops when the body stops producing enough insulin, or when the cells stop responding properly to the insulin.

When there isn’t enough insulin, or the insulin isn’t working properly a person’s blood sugar level will rise, because the sugar is no longer being moved into the cells, and builds up in the bloodstream instead.

You may have heard the term “insulin resistance” before. Insulin resistance means that the body’s cells have stopped responding properly to the insulin, which causes the blood sugar levels to rise.

The exact physiological pathways that cause type II diabetes are still unknown, but we know it has to do with decreased insulin production, and insulin no longer working as it should, which is exactly what long-term use of Lipitor does to the body.

If you are taking Lipitor, it is important that you monitor your blood sugar levels, and be aware of the early signs of type II diabetes to protect yourself from this dangerous and chronic illness.

The Lipitor Lawsuits

Consumers affected by this drug are now in the process of suing Pfizer for their gross negligence in failing to warn the public about the extreme and severe side effects Lipitor causes.

The Lipitor lawsuit claims allege that Pfizer either knew, or should have known about the more dangerous side effects of Lipitor, because the pharmaceutical companies are required to test their drugs thoroughly before releasing them onto the market for sale.

Another problem is that they failed to warn the consumers properly. For example, in 2012 the FDA mandated Pfizer to add a warning about type II diabetes on the Lipitor label. Instead of making a clear warning, Pfizer was elusive and did not come out and say directly that Lipitor could cause diabetes.

One of the Lipitor lawsuit claimants commented, “The warning might as well have been Greek to me.”

The litigation currently focuses on post-menopausal women with a BMI of 32 or lower who have contracted type II diabetes, as there have been numerous medical institutions publishing conclusive scientific evidence of how Lipitor increases the risk of type II diabetes for these women.

However, it would appear that Lipitor can cause diabetes in other populations as well, such as men or pre-menopausal women.

If you have been hurt by Lipitor it is important to contact us and see if you are eligible for a Lipitor lawsuit claim, because he medical bills resulting from the various Lipitor side effects can be very costly.

The Lipitor Settlement

The Lipitor settlement is imminent. Lipitor side effects have hurt many of their users and the resulting medical bills can be very costly.

In addition to medical bills, Lipitor users may experience a decrease in quality of life, as well as lost wages due to illnesses or injuries caused by Lipitor.

It is also possible that Pfizer may be ordered to pay punitive damages as part of the compensation for Lipitor. Punitive damages are additional amounts of compensation the defendant has to pay which are meant to discourage them from repeating such negligence in the future.

We at Consumer Claims Center of America are helping those who have been hurt by Lipitor fight back. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free case evaluation. We will help you get the Lipitor settlement you deserve.

Fill out our Lipitor Lawsuit Form on the top right-hand corner of this page, or call our toll-free number below to start your Lipitor lawsuit today!

1-800-499-6652

Lipitor Lawsuits are on the Rise and in the News

Lipitor Lawsuits in the News

The Lipitor lawsuits are gaining momentum as the number of plaintiffs have recently skyrocketed, drawing media attention.

Sources close to the case reported that as of April 15th, 2014 the Lipitor lawsuit had 464 claims of Lipitor induced type II diabetes.

Only one month later, the number of Lipitor diabetes claims had nearly doubled, with an astonishing 703 claims filed as of May 15th. Due to media attention and an increasing number of affected victims of this popular cholesterol reducing drug, the lawsuit is taking off.

If you have been affected by Lipitor, now is the time to contact us for a free case evaluation, as the Lipitor lawsuit is currently underway, and Lipitor settlements will come soon.

New FDA Guidelines for Lipitor

Developing serious Lipitor side effects such as type II diabetes is relatively rare, although Lipitor certainly does present a substantial risk.

The claimants in the Lipitor lawsuit allege (and we tend to agree) that Pfizer did not properly and clearly warn them of the risks involved with taking the drug.

Were Pfizer more forthcoming about the risks of statin drugs such as Lipitor, patients and healthcare providers alike could have been on the lookout for the development of serious side effects.

For example, patients taking long term courses of Lipitor may have been able to avoid type II diabetes altogether if they had known they should have been monitoring their blood sugar levels, and watching for other tell-tale signs of oncoming type II diabetes.

That being said, the risk for developing serious Lipitor side effects is still small. Thus, the FDA has now approved Lipitor for use as a preventative medication.

Lipitor is currently used as a treatment for people with high cholesterol levels, which are associated with heart disease and stroke.

The new guidelines allow healthcare providers to prescribe Lipitor to prevent high cholesterol as well.

According to a report earlier this year from  Kaiser Health News, the new guidelines for Lipitor prescription could result in approximately half of all Americans over the age of 40 taking statin drugs such as Lipitor.

While the chances of developing severe Lipitor side effects are relatively low, the new guidelines could potentially mean up to 13 million more Americans being prescribed Lipitor or other statin drugs.

So although serious Lipitor side effects only develop in a small percentage of those who take it, the number of people taking this drug will be so high that undoubtedly thousands and ultimately millions of Americans will develop Lipitor side effects such as type II diabetes or rhabdomyolysis.

Unless Pfizer steps up its warnings about the more serious side effects of Lipitor, this also means that the number of Americans effected by Lipitor type II diabetes and other conditions will also increase wildly.

It is presumed that we will soon see an even further increase in the amount of Lipitor claims made against Pfizer for this reason.

Simply put, since Lipitor can now be used as a means of preventing cholesterol related problems. More people will be taking Lipitor, and because of that more people will also be hurt by Lipitor side effects unless Pfizer and healthcare providers make some major changes.

Don’t fall victim to this giant corporation’s unethical practices. The best thing we can do as consumers is educate ourselves.

Unfortunately for many, it is too late to avoid serious Lipitor side effects. The Lipitor lawsuits are a way for injured consumers to fight back and recoup their losses, if only financially. Lipitor side effects can and do create costly medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.

If you feel as though you have been adversely affected by Lipitor in this way, don’t hesitate to contact us at Consumer Claims Center of America; we can help.

Beginning your Lipitor lawsuit is a quick and easy process. Simply fill out the Lipitor Lawsuit Form on the upper-right hand corner of this page, or call our toll free number below for a free consultation.

1-800-499-6652

Pfizer and the Upcoming Lipitor Settlement

Pfizer and the Upcoming Lipitor Settlement

Pfizer is being sued by hundreds of women who claim they developed type II diabetes due to the usage of Lipitor, a cholesterol lowering drug. Studies have demonstrated that there is a direct link between Lipitor and an increased risk of this particular disease.

It is predicted that thousands of women will soon establish lawsuits against Pfizer, leading to Lipitor settlements. Pfizer is now under the spotlight for failing to disclose the serious adverse effects of Lipitor.

Pfizer is now being pushed to reach a Lipitor settlement, just as in the past it was pressured to reach a settlement for 2.9 billion dollars for violating the False Claims Act on their drugs Bextra, Geodon, Zyvox and Lyrica.

Although it is relatively unknown as to how much Pfizer will have to pay for settlements, but it is likely it will only be a small fraction of the $11 billion + that Lipitor earns annually.

Lipitor Side Effects

Lipitor is the brand name of the drug atorvastatin. It is a member of the family of drugs called statins which lowers levels of LDL cholesterol (also known as “bad” cholesterol) and triglycerides. It also reduces heart attacks and other heart related conditions.

Side effects listed by Pfizer are:

· Confusion and memory problems

· Muscle pain and weakness for no apparent reason

· Fever, tiredness and dark urine color and stools as well as jaundice

· Increase in thirst, hunger, dry mouth and skin, weight loss

· Other less serious side effects such as nausea

Type II diabetes is not a side effect listed by Pfizer even though there may be evidence that they knew about it beforehand and decided not to disclose it.

In 2011, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) ran an investigation on Lipitor and found that indeed Lipitor caused imbalances in glucose levels, and significantly increased the risk of contracting type II diabetes.

After concluding the investigation the FDA obliged Pfizer to change its label warnings. However, the new Lipitor label warning still doesn´t explicitly say that the drug may cause type II diabetes, and many people are still to this day falling victims of this drug.

Both past and future victims are entitled for a Lipitor settlement for damages incurred. Pfizer utilized unethical business practices at the cost of their consumers’ health, and the lawsuits and settlements to follow are but a small consequence compared to the loss of health in those who were injured by Lipitor.

Studies Linking Lipitor to Type II Diabetes

Annually, Lipitor makes billions of dollars in sales, which are Pfizer’s primary concern- not your health. Lipitor is the worlds best selling drug, and it is shocking to healthcare providers and patients alike to find that such a popular drug has such serious and yet hidden side effects.

This financially successful drug has produced devastating results in the population regularly taking it. It is stated that Pfizer knew or at least should have known about the increased risk for type II diabetes given the various studies performed when testing a drug for commercial human use.

Lipitor settlements can and should be claimed if victims realized they were cheated by Pfizer´s fraudulent practices. It is the responsibility of the drug manufacturer, in this case Pfizer, to ensure the safety of their drugs before releasing them to the public.

Many studies have now been conducted by medical institutions independent of Pfizer since the release of this drug in 1996. They showed that it does work for lowering cholesterol levels but they have also shown that its side effects are severe and not as mild as what Pfizer alleged and published when they initially released the drug in 1996.

Here is a brief listing of relevent studies regarding the use of Lipitor and type II diabetes:

1) In 2010 the medical journal “The Lancet” published a study correlating risk increase of type II diabetes and Lipitor use in women taking it. The study compared two groups of women. The first group was taking Lipitor and second group did not. The study concluded that the prevalence of Type II Diabetes was significantly higher in women taking Lipitor.

2) The journal “Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes” stated that Lipitor and statins in general are effective in lowering cholesterol levels. In 2004 however, a new study showed that Lipitor use caused the body to have a decreased ability to control blood glucose levels when taken in large doses.

3) In March 2011, a study published on the Journal of the American College of Cardiology also showed a prevalence of Type II Diabetes in women taking Lipitor.

4) In 2013, after a 5 year study with more than 100,000 post-menopausal women in 40 medical centers across the United States the JAMA medical journal finally concluded that Lipitor and other statins increased the risk of type II diabetes in that specific population (post-menopausal women). The study also concluded that women with a BMI (body mass index) below 30 have an increased risk of type II diabetes than women with a BMI above 30, which is unusual.

Statins in general were linked with an increased risk of type II diabetes. Lipitor is a high-potency statin compared to other moderate and low potency statins such as Lovastatin and Fluvastatin, putting Lipitor users at a higher risk of getting type II diabetes.

The development of type II diabetes can be a very uncomfortable and life changing experience for individuals and families. They have to start testing their glucose levels on a regular basis, which means they will have to undergo needle pricks several times a day. They will also have to change their whole lifestyle and restrict themselves to a diabetic diet. Additionally there is research showing that these individuals now have a shortened lifespan, and will have to deal with high medical bills and expenses.

On top of that, type II diabetes is a chronic disease. Sufferers will have to start taking medications for the diabetes itself  which will further put their health at risk because of the side effects of the new medications.

For many who took or are taking Lipitor, the quality of life for the individual has been greatly diminished: physically, emotionally and financially, Lipitor victims are prompted to take action against Pfizer for its unethical practices.

Lawsuits and Lipitor Settlement

If you are a woman who is suffering from type II diabetes and has taken Lipitor before for the purpose of reducing your cholesterol you may be eligible to make a claim and reach a Lipitor settlement.

Lipitor settlements will be valid in any case that there is a proof that it was the Lipitor who caused the type II diabetes. Lipitor settlements can´t take place if there is no valid proof or under other conditions. To establish whether a person should claim for a Lipitor settlement, please contact us, Consumer Claim Centers of America to study the case.

A Lipitor settlement is a resolution between the two opposing parties: the victim and Pfizer. If a settlement agreement is not reached, all of the attorneys we work with are well prepared to go to court.

A Lipitor settlement will probably give compensation to victims depending on a variety of factors such as:

-The severity of the damage done by Lipitor

-Mental and emotional detriment caused to the individual

-The amount of money the person will spend in the future on related medical costs

-Any monetary loss resulting from inability to work or have a job due to Lipitor´s side effects

An approximate Lipitor settlement sum for an average person suffering type II diabetes is around $200,000.

Lipitor settlements will be looked at on an individual basis as each person was hurt in varying degrees by Pfizer´s drug.

It is likely that Pfizer will decide to make a Lipitor settlement offer for a lower amount of money to the accusers rather than leave it up to a jury to decide.

This might be the way Pfizer proceeds because waiting for a Lipitor settlement after the jury´s resolution can make Pfizer incur higher legal costs and increased sanctions. In this case the plaintiff has the choice of accepting or rejecting that Lipitor settlement as he or she wishes.

If the plaintiff feels comfortable with the Lipitor settlement offer, they can decide to accept it. If they don´t feel comfortable with the Lipitor settlement offer, they can decide to wait until the jury gives the final Lipitor settlement for that particular case.

Contact us to guide you in the legal process required to reach a Lipitor settlement. We will answer any questions you may have, and begin managing your claim immediately. Please fill out the online form on the top right-hand corner of this page, or call the toll-free number below.

1-800-499-6652

All About the Lipitor Lawsuit

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.

1-800-499-6652 

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.

lawsuit-imageIf you have been a victim of this drug, demand the loss coverage. Be a part of the national protest.

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.

Lipitor Side Effects

Lipitor Lawsuits Due to Lipitor Side Effects

Lipitor side effects have been making headlines due to the damages the drug has had on users. Lipitor is a type of pharmaceutical drug called a Statin. Its generic name is Atorvastatin and the name Lipitor is the trade name used by Pfizer. Statins are taken to generally lower bad cholesterol but they also act as an anti-inflammatory substance to treat plaque or fat deposits and prevent strokes.

Common Lipitor Side Effects

Since the most common cause of medical deaths in the United States are heart attacks due to complications of high cholesterol, Lipitor became popular because of its cholesterol reducing effects. Many Americans have continued use of the drug without being informed that there are serious adverse Lipitor side effects.

Today, Lipitor side effects have been widely documented in many studies. These side effects include a multitude of problems that can happen to the individual taking the drug. The side effects could be mistaken for regular flu or food poisoning. A number of the side effects are discussed below.

Muscle Problems is one of the common side effects of Lipitor. Sudden muscle weakness, tenderness or pains can be felt without reasons of strain or even without strenuous activities. This includes feeling unusually tired even at the peak times of the day.

Another side effect of taking Lipitor is Liver problems. Liver problems are generally seen with the yellowing of your skin and yellowing of the white areas of your eyes. Lipitor side effects on the liver may also be assessed when the patient’s urine turns to a dark amber color. You might also feel some upper belly pain and some loss of appetite together with the other symptoms.

Some adverse effects of the use of Lipitor also include sudden weight gain or swelling, nausea, constant fever and some bouts of diarrhea. You might mistake these symptoms as food poisoning or the common flu but if you are currently taking Lipitor it is best to seek medical help immediately.

Lipitor side effects are even more intensified with people who are pregnant or breastfeeding and people who have been suffering from liver problems. It is best to not take Lipitor without seeking the advice of medical experts. Lipitor can affect your baby while it is under development in your womb or even be affected by Lipitor through breastfeeding.

Anyone who has experienced any of these side effects with the use of Lipitor should seek immediate medical help to reduce the damage that Lipitor may have caused to your body.

Lipitor Side Effect Lawsuits

If you are among the many patients who have suffered from the adverse Lipitor side effects you may choose to find some legal assistance to help yourself recover from medical damages that this drug has caused you.  Contact us today for a free case evaluation at 1-800-499-6652 or complete the online form to be contacted about your claim.

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