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Consolidation of Lipitor Lawsuits Denied

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Greenville, SCA motion to consolidate Lipitor lawsuits, alleging patients suffered Lipitor side effects after using the medication, has been denied by a federal panel of judges. In making their decision, the judges noted that there was a small number of Lipitor diabetes lawsuits filed, and that many were already pending in a single district.

The motion filed by the plaintiffs involved centralizing three actions pending in the District of Southern Carolina, one action in the Southern District of Illinois and one action in the Eastern District of Virginia. The judges noted in their order that there were factors in the lawsuits that favored consolidation of the claims, including that the lawsuits made similar allegations.

“The subject actions do share factual issues arising from allegations that taking Pfizer’s cholesterol drug Lipitor can result in the development of type 2 diabetes, and that Pfizer failed adequately to warn consumers of this problem,” the federal judges noted. “The number of actions pending in this litigation might, in other circumstances, be sufficient to justify centralization.”

But, the judges wrote, almost half of the lawsuits already filed are pending in the District of South Carolina. Furthermore, the lawsuits are already moving before one judge in a coordinated manner. Finally, Pfizer reportedly told the judges that it would work with the plaintiffs’ lawyers in non-South Carolina actions, to coordinate common discovery.

According to the judges, the plaintiffs have suggested that many more Lipitor lawsuits are likely to be filed (the judges noted that they were aware of 23 more federal actions in addition to those they were considering); the judges were not willing to consolidate lawsuits based on the potential of future lawsuits.

“Virtually all the complaints in these actions cite a label change for the drug - as well as other statins - informing patients that increases in blood sugar levels had been reported with statin use,” the judges wrote. But despite a label change in February 2012, “only a relative handful of actions have been brought actually alleging a link between an individual's ingestion of Lipitor and the development of type 2 diabetes.”

Based on those factors, the judges determined that a transfer and consolidation order regarding Lipitor was not necessary and denied the motion. The motion was issued in regards to MDL No. 2459, In Re: Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

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I was one of the first to speak out about Lipitor decades ago. Also the methods of It manufacture. The only way to stop these monsters Is to Inform every one you know ,with your face book , tweets and all you electronic media. My Dr. explane to me with an example, that there 5mg Is moor like there computers 7mg , so In studies they get a winning result.
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I was 34 years old, when I became disabled due to the unpublished effects of Lipitor. I took the poison for 3.5 years. when I began to have profound headaches, confusion, disorientation, inability to walk, was hospitalized for 28 days at UW Madison, underwent Brain and Muscle biopsies, revealing Apoptosis (brain cell death) and Mitochondrial DNA mutations. I enrolled in the UCSD Statin Effects Study, where I was told by Dr Beatrice Golomb, that my use of lipitor was the likely causal contributor to the holes seen in my brain, and the Mitochondrial DNA mutations. Its been 11 years now since my illness, and I continue to be unable to work, due to physical and cognitive problems.

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