A new Lipitor lawsuit has been filed by a Louisiana woman who allegedly developed diabetes caused by the cholesterol-lowering statin, according to court documents from last month.
According to her lawsuit, Pfizer Inc. failed to disclose the risks associated with Lipitor before an order from the U.S. Food Administration (FDA) in 2012 directed the company to adjust its labeling to include its potential to elevate blood sugar levels. This order was issued after the agency released a consumer update associating statins with elevated glucose levels in the blood, which Lipitor lawsuits now allege can lead to new-onset diabetes.
The plaintiff in this case, which is just one of dozens of claims filed over Lipitor, allegedly took the medication for 10 years.
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According to a recent report from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 36 cases involving the medication were recently moved to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia after being filed in West Virginia state court. Plaintiffs involved in these cases similarly allege that Pfizer failed to warn consumers about blood sugar level changes caused by Lipitor.
Also in October, a plaintiff in a federal Lipitor lawsuit requested that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) create a multidistrict litigation for claims over the medication. Earlier in 2013, the Panel denied a similar request after determining that there were not enough case filings to warrant a centralized proceeding. At the time, at least 14 Lipitor lawsuits were pending in U.S. courts. (In re Lipitor (Atorvastatin) Litigation, MDL No. 2502 (JPML))
A number of similar actions have also been consolidated in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, court records indicate. (Hines v.Pfizer Inc., No. 13-404, S.D. Ill)
As Lipitor lawsuits continue to be filed in the U.S., our lawyers are standing by to answer any legal questions you have regarding the process of filing a claim. As this medication is widely prescribed to patients with high cholesterol, the nationwide litigation may be likely to rise in the future. Lipitor lawsuits seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other complications. Call (888) 723-0074 for more.