Recent studies have uncovered a link between Lipitor and type 2 diabetes, a disease that affects nearly 25 million Americans annually. First approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996, Lipitor currently ranks as one of the best-selling prescription drugs worldwide, raking in sales of over $125 billion. In addition to having the potential to cause type 2 diabetes, Lipitor has also been linked to muscle damage, myopathy, kidney damage / failure, liver failure, rhabdomyolysis, memory loss, and death.
Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuit Update 5/21/14: The judge overseeing the federal Lipitor multidistrict litigation (MDL) has approved a discovery plan to prepare a small group of bellwether trials set to begin late next summer. There are now about 500 Lipitor Lawsuits included in the MDL, filed on behalf of women who allegedly developed type 2 diabetes after using the medicine. Click Here to learn more.
Lipitor Lawsuit Update 5/12/14: As Lipitor Lawsuits continued to be filed on behalf of women who allegedly developed type 2 diabetes after taking the drug, the federal litigation is moving forward with discovery, as the parties have recently agreed on forms to help with the exchange of information. In February of 2014, a multidistrict litigation (MDL) was formed to centralize all federal Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuits before a single judge for pretrial handling. Click here to learn more.
Free Lipitor and Type 2 Diabetes Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 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?
Lipitor, a statin cholesterol-lowering drug manufactured and marketed by Pfizer Inc., has recently been linked to a number of severe, potentially life-threatening side effects. While the medical community has been aware of some rare but serious complications associated with the medication for some time, the potential link between Lipitor and type 2 diabetes has come to light with the release of a January 2012 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
The study looked at 161,808 women between the ages of 50 and 79 who took part in the Women’s Health Initiative. The research found that women who took statin drugs like Lipitor were nearly twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to women who did not take statins. The researchers concluded that “statin use is associated with an increased risk for [type 2 diabetes].”
That study added credibility to two others previously published in the Lancet and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). The Lancet study was a meta-analysis of various research on the subject, which ultimately identified a 9% increase in diabetes diagnoses among women treated with statin drugs. The JACC study focused on Lipitor alone, and found that 80 mg. daily doses of the drug increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly 40% compared to a placebo pill.
An Overview of Lipitor and Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes interferes with the way a person metabolizes sugar (glucose), the body’s main source of fuel. In type 2 diabetics, the body either ignores insulin (a hormone that extracts sugar from the bloodstream and puts it into cells), or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain normal glucose levels. If left untreated, type 2 diabetes can be a potentially life-threatening condition. Traditionally more common in adults, type 2 diabetes has been increasingly diagnosed in children as the childhood obesity epidemic continues to grow out of control around the country. Signs and symptoms of Lipitor-induced diabetes may include:
- Increased thirst and frequent urination
- Increased hunger
- Weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing sores or frequent infections
- Areas of darkened skin
Click here to learn more about Lipitor and type 2 diabetes from Time Magazine.
Side Effects of Lipitor
In addition to having the potential to cause type 2 diabetes, serious Lipitor side effects may include:
- muscle pain
- kidney damage
- kidney failure (also known as renal failure)
- liver failure
- memory loss
Do I Have a Lipitor Type 2 Diabetes 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 type 2 diabetes cases in all 50 states.
Free Lipitor and Type 2 Diabetes Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after taking Lipitor, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Lipitor type 2 diabetes suit and we can help.