Lipitor, manufactured by Pfizer, is prescribed to help patients lower cholesterol and reduce the overall risk of strokes and heart attacks. Lipitor is one of the most prescribed drugs and the top-selling prescription drug of all time, with over $130 billion in total sales. Lipitor has been has been linked to a number of dangerous side effects.
Lipitor has been associated with:
Lipitor can cause diabetes by affecting the function of the pancreas, which is responsible for regulating the body’s sugar levels. In February 2012, the FDA required Pfizer to warn patients and doctors about the risk of increased blood sugar levels and diabetes. In January 2014, the FDA released updated safety information with label changes reflecting the increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of Type 2 diabetes, as well as increased risk of muscle damage.
Numerous lawsuits have been filed against Pfizer, claiming that the drugmaker knew or should have known about the risk of diabetes before marketing the drug as safe and effective. Plaintiffs have claimed that the drugmaker did not adequately warn patients about the Type 2 diabetes risk, citing negligence and misrepresentation.
The Lipitor MDL (multi-district litigation) was established in February 2014 before the US District Court for the District of South Carolina. Over 2,000 cases are currently pending before the Court.
If you developed diabetes or are suffering from another serious side effect after taking Lipitor, speak with one of our Lipitor lawsuit lawyers at Kaiser Gornick LLP. Our legal team handles cases nationwide and is ready to review your case at no cost. Learn more about your options for compensation and what our nationally recognized advocates can do to assist you.