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Crestor Issues Maintain Center Stage in Crestor Lawsuits

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Austin, TXWhile a Crestor lawsuit alleging the withholding of test results linking Crestor to diabetes and other side effects quietly percolates through the courts, a couple of one-year anniversaries are due later this year that affords no cheer for health advocates concerned with the adverse event profile for rosuvastatin (Crestor), and other statin drugs in the class.

It was in June of last year when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally responded to a petition filed by the high-profile consumer advocacy group Public Citizen to position a black box warning on statins such as Crestor for rhabdomyolysis. The latter is a rare side effect characterized by the breakdown of muscle cells, which can then enter the bloodstream and potentially damage the kidneys. In extreme cases, Crestor rhabdomyolysis can be fatal.

The FDA, in its response, decided the risk to be “consistently low,” and therefore did not warrant a black box for rhabdomyolysis. The thought was that such a warning would scare patients away from Crestor and other statins in the class, thereby robbing them of the potential benefits. The nation’s drug and medical device regulator observes a position of risk acknowledgement with regard to pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices, but holds that a drug or medical device shall not be considered unsafe so long as the benefits outweigh the risk for the indicated patients.

Meanwhile, a whistleblower lawsuit originally brought by four former employees of Crestor manufacturer AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals alleging violations under the False Claims Act on behalf of the federal government has since been declined by the feds. However, the former Attorney General of Texas and now state governor Greg Abbott moved to formally include the state of Texas in the lawsuit.

The whistleblowers originally filed their Crestor lawsuit in the state of Texas, alleging in their whistleblower case that AstraZeneca misled the Texas Medicaid program into placing Crestor on the state’s Preferred Drug List. It is alleged that the resulting placement fostered more prescriptions for Crestor on the part of physicians and qualified health care professionals.

Abbott, while still Texas Attorney General, included the state in the Crestor lawsuit. The state took the position that AstraZeneca wrongly claimed that Crestor could reverse arterial plaque buildup, reduce the risk of death and lower cholesterol more effectively than competitor Lipitor.

“AstraZeneca chose increased profits over delivering truthful and complete information to Texas Medicaid,” the state’s petition says.”
“This unlawful conduct deprived both Texas Medicaid patients and doctors of the ability to make fully informed healthcare decisions.”

Last month, AstraZeneca removed the case to US District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit claiming that AstraZeneca LP and its distributor McKesson Corp. deceived plaintiffs by withholding test results linking rosuvastatin to Crestor diabetes and other Crestor side effects continues. The Crestor lawsuit was recently removed to federal court in California.

Patients deemed to have high levels of the so-called “bad” LDL cholesterol thought to be the villain behind clogged arteries must weigh the perceived benefits of Crestor and other statins against Crestor issues such as muscle pain, diabetes and Crestor rhabdomyolysis.

The Crestor lawsuit is Arron Ardoin et al v. AstraZeneca LP et al, Case No. 2:14-cv-04134, in California Central Court.

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I was on 80mg of crestor for hereditary high cholesterol and after 2months I ruptured my left calf. a month later I as the surgeon said had the most severe rupture of my achilles tendon on the other leg.

If you look up crestor or statins and tendon injuries there are 1000's of achilles ruptures due to statin use. I have had 4 surgeries now on my achilles and will never be able to to the activities I did before taking Crestor,

Achilles injuries are #1 in STATIN injuries something has to be done even my doctors say but wont put it in writing because the prescribe statins so much That the believe my injuries were Directly related to taking Statins.

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I was given the pill while living in Florida. Once the weakness hit, it was downhill from there. I'm 65 now & home bound because my heart has to work harder when using my leg muscles, which leads to not being able to breathe.

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I was prescribed Crestor for high cholesterol and took the drug for approx 2.5 years. Shortly AFTER starting the drug,when I went in for a checkup I was told I now have type 2 diabetes and was put on meds for that. Prior to taking Crestor I had an active lifestyle even thou I was heavy. I quit the drug because I felt it was causing more issues than it was helping. I now have muscle pain & weakness all over, most noticeable in my legs. It's difficult for me to walk anything but short distances, and stairs are a nightmare to navigate. My partner asked me questions and found that the issues I've been having all seem to fit the side effects of taking Crestor. I appreciate any assistance you can offer. Thank you. Kim

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