What are the side effects of Lipitor?
The most serious side effect associated with Lipitor is the development of type 2 diabetes, which is a chronic condition that demands lifelong attention.
Several other side effects associated with the medication can have serious ramifications, including muscle deterioration, known as rhabdomyolysis, as well as kidney and liver failure.
Why did my doctor prescribe Lipitor if it has these side effects?
Lipitor began being popularly prescribed because it showed dramatically beneficial results in decreasing the amount of cholesterol found in low-density lipoproteins. It was approved for the U.S. market after four clinical trials that illustrated the medication’s ability to protect against heart attacks, strokes, and even respiratory illness.
What places me at a higher risk of adverse effects in taking Lipitor?
Women are believed to be at the greatest risk of developing diabetes in connection with Lipitor, with women who have a healthy body mass index (BMI) — below 30 — being at the highest risk. There may also be increased risk of type 2 diabetes in women who are post-menopausal.
Has any legal action been taken against Lipitor based on these findings?
Lawsuits have been brought against Pfizer for the medication Lipitor. In April 2013, a collective effort was made by plaintiffs to consolidate pretrial proceedings to the District of South Carolina. Although Pfizer opposed the motion, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation agreed to a Lipitor MDL in February 2014. Currently more than 300 cases have been brought against Lipitor with more legal filings anticipated.
How do I know if I have a viable case in the Lipitor lawsuit?
If you or someone you love has been treated with Lipitor and has developed type 2 diabetes, or if you or someone you know has presented with other serious side effects or conditions resulting from the use of Lipitor, including kidney or liver failure or muscle deterioration, you may have a case for filing a claim against Pfizer.
What should I do if I want to pursue legal action?
If you have developed type 2 diabetes or believe you have suffered from one of the serious conditions linked to the use of Lipitor, first see a qualified health care professional. You should also report the incident to your physician and the FDA.
To find out if you are eligible to file a claim in the Lipitor lawsuit, contact McDivitt Law Firm at 877-846-4878 or click here for a free and confidential case evaluation.