Lipitor Lawsuit Information Center
You may want to consider filing a Lipitor lawsuit if you were treated with this popular anti-cholesterol medication and developed any serious health problems that might be related to the use of this drug, including:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Skeletal Muscle Side Effects (myopathy and rhabdomyolysis)
- Kidney or Liver Damage
Since coming onto the market in 1996, a growing body of evidence has found links between the use Lipitor and these serious ailments, some of which have prompted the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to mandate changes to the drug’s label. Numerous Lipitor lawsuits have already been filed in courts around the U.S. by victims who developed Type 2 diabetes, allegedly due to their use of this medication. Considering the popularity and widespread use of this drug, it’s likely that many more Lipitor lawsuit claims will be filed in the future. Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm that has helped hundreds of people injured by defective drugs, is offering free Lipitor lawsuit evaluations to anyone who may have been injured by this medication. If you developed type 2 diabetes, skeletal muscle side effects, or kidney or liver damage that you believe may have been associated with Lipitor, our attorneys can help you determine if you have a valid claim for compensation. To learn more about the legal options that might be available to you, please contact our Firm today to arrange for your free, no obligation Lipitor lawsuit review.
What is Lipitor?
Lipitor, sold generically as atorvastatin, was introduced in 1996 by Warner-Lambert Company, which was subsequently acquired by Pfizer. The drug is approved to be used in conjunction with diet and exercise to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides, which purportedly reduces the likelihood for heart attack, stroke, and related problems in patients who have heart disease or who are at risk for heart disease. Lipitor is known as a statin medication, and works by preventing an enzyme in the liver from creating LDL cholesterol. Before it lost patent protection in 2011, Lipitor was the best-selling drug in history, and had been used by millions of people.
Lipitor and Type 2 Diabetes
In February 2012, the FDA ordered the manufacturer of Lipitor to add new warnings to its label regarding a possible association with an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes. At the time, the agency alerted the public that new information would be added to the label of Lipitor and other statins regarding a “small increased risk of increased blood sugar levels and of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes mellitus.” The month prior, the Archives of Internal Medicine had published a study that indicated post-menopausal women who took drugs like Lipitor faced “a 48 percent increased risk of diabetes.” A little over a year later, in May 2013, a study appearing in the British Medical Journal found that people taking Lipitor had a 22 percent higher risk of new-onset diabetes. Because of the possible connection between Lipitor and diabetes, patients taking this drug should report any unusual symptoms to their doctor immediately, including:
- Increased thirst or hunger
- Increased urination
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained Fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Frequent infections or wounds that won’t heal
- Areas of darkened skin
As of August 2013, numerous Lipitor lawsuits had been filed in U.S. courts on behalf of patients who allegedly developed Type 2 diabetes due to their use of the statin. Court records indicate that many of these lawsuits are pending in U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina. While no federal multidistrict litigation has been established for Lipitor lawsuits, those filed in South Carolina federal court are proceeding in a consolidated manner. All of these claims allege that Pfizer failed to provide adequate warnings about the possible connection between Lipitor and diabetes, and maintain that even now, the label warnings included on the drug remain insufficient.
Lipitor Skeletal Muscle Side Effects
The Lipitor label also includes warnings about myopathy and rhabdomyolysis, which are conditions characterized by atrophying skeletal muscle tissue. The breakdown of muscle resulting from these disorders can cause myoglobin to accumulate to dangerous levels in the blood stream, resulting in severe kidney damage bad enough to require dialysis. Because of the serious health consequences associated with Lipitor skeletal muscle side effects, patients using the medication should inform their healthcare provider if they experience any muscle pain, tenderness, weakness or swelling while using Lipitor. In cases of severe Lipitor muscle injury, patients may also experience:
- Electrolytic disturbances
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Dark urine
- Oligura or Anuria (decreased or non-existent urine production, respectively)
- Internal blood clotting
In March 2012, the FDA warned the public that Lipitor had been linked to muscle damage when used with certain other drugs, namely “protease inhibitors” meant to treat HIV and hepatitis C. According to the agency, these Lipitor drug interactions can raise the amount of Lipitor in a patient’s blood, which can cause muscle damage.
Other Lipitor Side Effects
In 2011, additional warnings were placed on Lipitor’s label regarding a possible risk of Lipitor liver damage associated with its use. In February 2012, when the FDA ordered Pfizer to add warning to the drug’s label about Lipitor and diabetes, it also mandated that the company include information about a possible connection between Lipitor and memory loss, after the agency received reports of patients experiencing forgetfulness, confusion, and “fuzzy” or unfocused thinking. While many of these reports involved people over the age of 50, the FDA said symptoms were reported in every age group. In March 2013, researchers writing in the British Medical Journal reported study findings that indicated that patients treated with drugs like Lipitor faced a 30% increased risk of being hospitalized for acute kidney damage within four months of initiating Lipitor treatment.
Has There Been a Lipitor Recall?
Despite the serious side effects that may be associated with the use of Lipitor, the drug has not been the subject of a widespread Lipitor recall. In November 2012, however, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the maker of a generic version of the drug, announced a recall for atorvastatin after it discovered some lots of the medication had been contaminated with tiny glass particles. No injuries were associated with the generic Lipitor recall.
Learn More About Filing a Lipitor Lawsuit
If you or a loved one were injured by Lipitor, you can be assured that our attorneys will do everything possible to help you obtain the compensation needed to cover all of your damages, including, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Since our founding in 1993, Bernstein Liebhard LLP has recovered more than $3 billion for injured consumers. To learn how our lawyers can help you start the process of filing a Lipitor lawsuit, please contact our office today at .