Lipitor Injury Lawsuits
Lipitor is a statin drug that is primarily designed and prescribed to lower cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996 and has since become the world’s best selling medication of all time. Currently, there are over 20 million people in the world who use the medication regularly. It is estimated that the annual sales of Lipitor throughout the world account for $12 billion in revenue for Pfizer, the manufacturer and marketer of the drug.
Lipitor works by inhibiting an enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) that is located in the liver and is responsible for the production of cholesterol in the body. While the idea behind the drug is all positive, it has been recently discovered that more and more consumers who have taken the drug are developing serious side effects that could have long-term ramifications on their personal health and well-being.
Lipitor Side Effects
Pfizer promotes Lipitor as a safe drug for consumers with high cholesterol, often toting the minimal health risks associated with the drug. However, several studies suggest that Lipitor may have been aware of the more serious side effects that have affected consumers as of late, and attorneys across the country are filing lawsuits on behalf of injured victims.
Some of the more common side effects associated with Lipitor use include muscle weakness, tenderness, allergic reactions, nausea/vomiting, dark colored urine, and skin and eye yellowing. These side effects, while not life-threatening, can still cause significant pain and discomfort for patients and in extreme cases may not be reversible.
More serious side effects associated with Lipitor use include type 2 diabetes, chest pains, difficulty breathing, memory loss, muscle soreness or weakness, inflammation of the pancreas, stomach or intestinal ulcers, kidney stones, blood in urine, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and inflammation of the esophagus.
Who Can File A Lipitor Lawsuit?
In 2012 the FDA issued a change on statin drug labels. The new labels highlighted that there was a potential risk of memory loss and a small risk of diabetes associated with usage. Shortly after women who felt that Lipitor caused their diabetes began to file lawsuits against its manufacturer Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Due to the large number of lawsuits filed nationally the federal judicial panel decided to consolidate all Lipitor diabetes related lawsuits in a Charleston, South Carolina. Pfizer opposed the consolidation because they thought that it would entice additional copycat lawsuits.
If you or a loved one has developed any of the aforementioned side effects after taking Lipitor, it may be in your best interests to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no up-front costs and all attorney fees are deducted from the gross settlement at the conclusion of your case. Fill out the form on this page to get started, and someone will be in contact with you shortly.