Since it was first approved in 1996, the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) has been linked to dozens of deaths. As shocking as this statistic is, it is believed that the death toll could be much higher because doctors are typically reluctant to blame drugs they prescribe for harming patients. Despite the convincing link between Lipitor and death, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to recall the widely-prescribed drug or even restrict its availability.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If a member of your family or other loved one died after taking Lipitor, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Lipitor and we can help.
What’s the Problem?
British government figures released in 2005 showed that at least 36 deaths in Lipitor users had been reported. These deaths were generally caused by liver injuries, kidney failure and rhabdomyolysis, all of which are known side effects of Lipitor.
One such death linked to Lipitor was that of Ivor Meacher, a 71-year-old British tennis coach who became ill and died within weeks of initiating a regimen of the drug for an irregular heartbeat. Subsequent research conducted by Meacher’s daughter produced what she claimed was irrefutable evidence that her father’s death was caused by Lipitor. She later contacted Andrew Herxheimer, emeritus fellow of the United Kingdom Cochrane Centre and co-founder of DIPEx (an electronic database of patients’ experiences) in Oxford, who filed a Lipitor death report on her behalf. In response to Meacher’s case, Herxheimer questioned the heavy promotion of statin drugs like Lipitor. “We don’t know what other things statins do apart from reducing lipids in the liver,” he said.
A recent study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reported on an analysis of all the major controlled trials involving statin drugs like Lipitor before the year 2000, and found that long-term use of the drugs for prevention of heart disease produced a 1% greater risk of death over ten years, compared to a placebo.
The only thing drug trials have proven for sure is that statins like Lipitor lower cholesterol by blocking an enzyme called HMG-CoA-Reductase. Regardless of Lipitor’s ability to lower cholesterol levels in the human bloodstream, trials have consistently failed to show that this effect has any meaningful benefit for preventing death from heart disease, heart attack, or stroke. Making matters worse, Lipitor has proven to be a catalyst for many dangerous side effects.
Do I Have a Lipitor Death Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Lipitor lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Lipitor death cases in all 50 states.
Free Lipitor Death Lawsuit Evaluation: If a member of your family or other loved one died after taking Lipitor, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Lipitor suit and we can help.