When Pfizer’s drug, Lipitor was released for public use in 1996, it seemed like a miracle drug. Millions of Americans immediately started taking it because it proved to be one of the best methods for controlling cholesterol, making it one of the most popular drugs of all time and earning the manufacture, Pfizer $9 million each year. Now, we’re beginning to realize that Lipitor isn’t quite the miracle drug we’d hoped for. While it does help control cholesterol, it’s also been linked to the development of Type 2 diabetes. Despite this, Forbes estimated that Pfizer’s Lipitor brought in $3 billion in sales during 2015.
In September 2015, The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation reported that there were 2,400 cases pending the United States District Court for The District of South Carolina, Charleston Division against medical drug manufacture, Pfizer, in which plaintiffs stated that Lipitor was believed to have been the reason they now have Type 2 diabetes. Each of the plaintiff’s asserts that the company did not adequately warn patients about the huge risk connected to the drug.
Informative websites like rxinjuryhelp.com anticipate that the number of Lipitor lawsuits that make their way to court will continue to rise in the upcoming years. The very first case against Pfizer regarding Lipitor was filed in February 2014 by Wilma Daniels. In her lawsuit she called the behavior of the company regarding it’s marketing of Lipitor to be “defective and unreasonably dangerous,” and boldly stated that she felt the company was guilty of “negligent and wrongful conduct.”
In 1998 when she started taking Lipitor in an attempt to lower the odds of her developing heart disease, Daniels enjoyed good health. While she was on Lipitor, she was diligent about maintaining her health and restricted herself to a healthy diet and watched her weight. In 2004 doctors discovered that she had Type 2 diabetes, which has put her at a high risk for developing a wide array of potentially life threatening health conditions, including heart disease, blindness, and kidney damage. The expert in her case, Dr. David Handshoe, maintains that her diabetes was satin-induced.
It’s estimated that in the United States, approximately 30 million people are using statin to help them control a medical condition, with a large portion of the population who has passed their 79th birthday not fully understanding the guidelines surrounding the use of statin drugs such as Lipitor.
Data and the growing number of complaints against Lipitor forced the FDA to increase the amount of advice they made available to patients who were considering using Lipitor, or another statin drug, as part of their medical routine. The FDA states that Type 2 Diabetes is just one of the potential side effects. Others include memory loss, liver damage, and possible muscle damage. Women, seem to be more prone to developing statin induced diabetes than their male counterparts. At the moment, the FDA acknowledges that there are risks connected to the regular use of Lipitor, but also maintains that they feel the good the drug does outweighs the possible risk.
If you feel that you weren’t adequately warned about the health risks connected to Lipitor, arrange a consultation with an experienced attorney and learn how they can help you file a Lipitor lawsuit.