Manufactured and marketed by Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Simcard (generic: simvastatin) is a popular statin drug designed to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in individuals with high cholesterol. However, recent studies have suggested that Simcard may increase the risk for a number of serious complications including muscle damage, myopathy, rhabdomyolysis, kidney failure, and even death. The Simcard Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are currently accepting potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals injured by Simcard side effects.
Free Simcard Lawsuit Evaluation: If you’ve suffered one of the injuries listed in this article after taking Simcard, or if a loved one died while being treated with Simcard, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Simcard and we can help.
What is Simcard?
Simcard belongs to a class of drugs collectively known as ‘statins’ that work to lower the level of cholesterol in the body by reducing the production of cholesterol in the liver. Statins block an enzyme in the liver that is thought to be responsible for making cholesterol known as hydroxy-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMG-CoA reductase). Simcard and other statins are designed to prevent and treat arteriosclerosis that causes chest pain, heart attacks and strokes in high risk patients.
In addition to Simcard, other medications belonging to the statin class include:
Simcard Side Effects
Unfortunately, studies suggest that patients taking the highest dose (80 mg) of Simcard may be at risk of developing the following complications:
- muscle damage
- kidney damage
- kidney failure
Simcard Myopathy & Rhabdomyolysis
In the event that a patient suffers a severe Simcard health complication, they may develop a condition known as myopathy. In mild forms of the condition, myopathy is a relatively unthreatening muscle injury. However, if left untreated, myopathy can lead to rhabdomyolysis. This disease is characterized by a breakdown of muscle fibers that releases myoglobin into the bloodstream. Dead muscle tissue may cause a large amount of fluid to move from the blood into the muscle, thus reducing the fluid volume of the body and leading to shock and reduced blood flow to the kidneys. An event such as this can prove to be catastrophic to the kidneys. Renal failure, or kidney failure as it is known, occurs when the kidney is unable to remove excess and harmful myoglobin compounds. As a result, the kidney fails to operate properly, which poses a potentially fatal threat to the patient.
Simcard FDA Warning
The FDA recently issued a statement suggesting that the use of 80 mg simvastatin regimens may result in severe, potentially life-threatening health complications. The following warning illustrates the more severe complications cited in Simcard lawsuits:
The FDA issued a warning to patients and healthcare providers regarding the potential risks of muscle injury associated with simvastatin 80 mg tablets. Muscle injury, or myopathy as it is often called, is a common side effect with all statins. The Agency’s latest warning acknowledges the increased risk of developing a muscle injury, like rhabdomyolysis, for patients when they use higher doses of simvastatin. Rhabdomyolysis is the most severe form of myopathy and may lead to catastrophic kidney damage, kidney failure, and in the worst cases, death.
Do I Have a Simcard 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 Simcard lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Simcard Lawsuit Evaluation: If you’ve suffered one of the injuries listed in this article after taking Simcard, or if a loved one died while being treated with Simcard, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Simcard suit and we can help.