Lipitor is one of the most popular brand-name medications in the marketplace. Pfizer generated an estimated $125 billion in profit through sales of Lipitor even before it became available in generic form in 2011. It is a “statin” that blocks the liver from making cholesterol. While it is effective at lowering cholesterol, it also has a significant impact on blood glucose levels. Millions of people, especially women, who have taken Lipitor could be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. All women considering taking Lipitor would be well advised to discuss the potential consequences with their doctor and anyone who is suffering from side effects should get prompt medical attention.
If you have been harmed by taking Lipitor, contact the pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Farah & Farah to discuss your options for taking legal action. You may be able to obtain significant compensation for your losses from the pharmaceutical company responsible for your injuries or illness.
Harmful Drugs in the Marketplace
We know now that there is an increased risk of diabetes for women who take Lipitor. An analysis of 13 studies, published in February of 2010, found that statin users had a 9 percent increased risk for diabetes. Another study, published last June, suggested a similar increase in risk among patients taking high doses of statins. There is reason to believe that Pfizer knew of the connection between diabetes and Lipitor before the drug was even placed on the market. Despite this knowledge, they issued no warning on the label about blood glucose levels until February 2012. That change only came after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested an update.
The new label still makes no mention of Type 2 diabetes, but it does say that Lipitor increases HbA1c and fasting serum glucose levels. This type of warning is confusing for consumers and does not clearly point out the risk of diabetes. Many lawsuits filed against Lipitor state that the warning on the label regarding the risk of increased blood sugar levels was inadequate. Furthermore, new lawsuits claim that the updated label still does not properly warn consumers of the dangers they face.
Type 2 Diabetes
It is important to hold drug manufacturers accountable for the damages they cause, especially when the consequences of taking their drug is something as serious as Type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes have elevated glucose levels and are unable to use insulin properly. Eventually, a body with Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, will be unable to make enough insulin or to keep their blood glucose at normal levels. This can result in a number of serious health issues, including risk of glaucoma, numbness in the feet, skin disorders, high blood pressure, depression, hearing loss, and gum disease.
Pursuing Fair Compensation
You can file a claim against a drug manufacturer if the drug was defectively manufactured, defectively designed or falsely marketed. In the case of Lipitor, many lawsuits claim that Pfizer was negligent in the way they marketed Lipitor. Pfizer advertised Lipitor directly to consumers, including women who are rarely at risk of the type of heart issues that the drug helps prevent. Therefore, many women received basically no long-term benefits from taking the drug, but were put at risk of developing diabetes.
The pharmaceutical litigation legal team at Farah & Farah has the resources and experience to pursue a personal injury claim against a drug manufacturer, designer, or marketer for damages. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or illness due to Lipitor, please do not hesitate to call us at 855-797-9899 to learn about your rights and legal options.