TIME Reviews Costs, Benefits of Statin Suggested to Cause Lipitor Diabetes Diagnoses

Published on May 30, 2014 by Sandy Liebhard

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The medical community continues to question whether more people should take statins to lower their cholesterol in a recent TIME Magazine article that notes allegations made in Lipitor lawsuit claims.

A cholesterol drug review on May 28th looks at how use of this Pfizer medication, among several other statins, factors into recommendations from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology in 2013 that more Americans should consider them to reduce their risk for heart disease. As per their suggestion, people with no history of a heart attack or other problems but may display signs that they could in the future are eligible for Lipitor and other statins. This may include those who smoke, as well as have high blood pressure or diabetes, and are overweight, according to TIME.

Recent Studies Highlight Lipitor Diabetes Risk

The author then delves into a possible Lipitor diabetes association that has recently been making waves in U.S. courts, starting with research published in 2012 by the medical journal The Lancet.

A trial that involved 17,000 people taking a statin or placebo found that individuals with a higher risk of diabetes were 28 percent more likely to develop the disease after taking Lipitor, while research conducted by the Women’s Health Initiative found a link between diabetes and certain demographics of women. Out of 153,000 post-menopausal women, 48 percent were at an increased risk for the disease. These findings prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a mandate in 2012 that required all statin manufacturers, including Pfizer, to adjust labeling on Lipitor and other medications to note their possible association with new-onset diabetes, TIME noted.

According to court documents, plaintiffs in Lipitor lawsuits similarly allege that Lipitor’s new labeling remains inadequate in warning users about risks tied to the medication, and accuse the company of failing to make adequate note of its product’s association with diabetes. Many of these cases have been filed in a federal multidistrict litigation established earlier this year in the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina. After its creation in February 2014, a recent Case List indicates that 703 Lipitor lawsuits have now been filed.

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