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Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuits Mounting

New York, NY: Personal injury lawsuits filed against Pfizer, the maker of the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor (atorvastatin) are mounting and, as a consequence, are being consolidated into Multi District Litigation (MDL). The Lipitor lawsuits allege that Pfizer has failed to adequately warn consumers of the risk for developing diabetes associated with the statin. In 2012 Pfizer updated the Lipitor labeling to include warnings of increased risk for diabetes, however, the lawsuits contend that this was insufficient.


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Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuits

Lipitor belongs to a class of drugs called statins, which are used to lower cholesterol by reducing blood levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, a contributing factor in heart disease. A study (Culver AL, Ockene IS, Balasubramanian R, et al. "Statin Use and Risk of Diabetes Mellitus in Postmenopausal Women in the Women's Health Initiative." Archives of Internal Medicine, 2012,172(2): pp.144-152.), completed in 2012, as part of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) found an association between the statin class of medications and the development of type 2 diabetes in women, particularly post-menopausal women.

Among the most recent Lipitor diabetes lawsuits filed is that of Margaret Clark, filed in the US District of South Carolina, this April. She contends she was prescribed Lipitor in 2002 to address her risk for heart disease. At the time, according to her lawsuit, she was considered a healthy weight. However, in February 2012, Clark was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Clark’s lawsuit alleges Pfizer knew or should have known that there was a connection between Lipitor and diabetes before it was made publically available in 1997. Instead, the warning was only added to the product labeling in February 2012, after the FDA’s Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products requested that a warning be provided for consumers and the medical community.

According to the lawsuit, the warning did not actually mention type 2 diabetes, but rather stated “Increases in HbA1c and fasting serum glucose levels have been reported with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, including LIPITOR.”

The Lipitor lawsuit also states “Until the February 2012 label change, Lipitor’s label never warned patients of any potential relation between changes in blood sugar levels and taking Lipitor.” And, “Despite the February 2012 label change, Lipitor’s label continues to fail to warn consumers of the serious risk of developing type 2 diabetes per se when using Lipitor.”

Recently, a request was filed to centralize the Lipitor diabetes litigation before one judge for coordinated handling as part of an MDL, and the request was granted. MDLs are frequently confused with class action lawsuits however, they differ in that each complaint remains individual and is argued on an individual basis.

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Last updated on Jan-29-14


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In the latest quarter of data from the FDA, the vast majority of reports of adverse events of "type 2 diabetes" are reports noting Lipitor as a suspect drug in the event. In the first quarter of 2015, Lipitor had 958 such reports, while the next two most common drugs for "type 2 diabetes" had fewer than 100 combined events for that condition (after removing duplicate entries for each of the three drugs; the Lipitor effect appears even worse if duplicates are not removed). (See for free, public access to the FDA reports and detailed data.)

It is worth noting that it looks like those filing the report only recently started using "type 2 diabetes" as a specific event name, while earlier reports were more likely to use slightly different terms. And it is likely that more reports are coming in for Lipitor diabetes now because of the many mass torts lawsuits being filed across the country over the possibly link between the drug and the condition.

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Dusan Vukajlovic
Was prescribed by doctor because of cholesterol .A year later I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

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I had taken Lipitor for about a year and every year previously. I had all my blood work done as part of my physical each year and now I have Type 2 diabetes. I found out February 12, 2015. My sister also was on Lipitor and she also has Type 2 diabetes. I stopped taking it about a year ago when I heard about the lawsuit against the company for causing diabetes in women. I am 53 years old.

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I took Lipitor for about a year. Then after moving to Louisiana and after seeing a new doctor down here in Louisiana, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Now I have neuropathy in both legs and feet, and both arms and hands. If I am due any money, it would really help as I am on SS and SSI and get very little to live on.

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North Carolina
I have developed diabetes since taking this drug.

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I have been on Lipitor for several years and have recently been diagnosed as a diabetic. I have never had any issues with my blood sugar in the past and have no family history of either type I or type II diabetes, but since taking Lipitor my A1C has increased to the point that my doctor prescribed metformin. I only recently discovered that there is a link between Lipitor and type II diabetes. There have been other health-related issues such as weight gain, lack of energy and low T after starting Lipitor, which may or may not be related. I am interested in seeing if there is a link.

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North Dakota
I was put on the lower dose drug in 2011. In January 2013, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In 2013, my dosage was increased to the Atorvastatin. My A1C has gone from 6.5 to 9.5 and my fasting urine glucose from a normal range to more than 1500. This is more of an increase than can be accounted for by lifestyle or other health conditions.

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After taking Lipitor for several months I developed muscle pain then kidney problems. The muscle was breaking down faster than the kidneys could handle. I became unable to walk or feed myself and spent 5 months in a nursing home and could not walk without a walker for over a year. My legs are weak 7 years later. This was rhabdomyolysis. I do have type 2 diabetes but do not know the cause. I have not found a Lawyer willing to tackle it.

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Hello, I am a male who had a serious heart attack after a football game, which left me really sick. My doctors prescribed Lipitor 80mg back in 2003. A year and half later I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. What raised the red flag about this situation is my age. All my diabetes doctors have been saying since I got diabetes that I was too young to get it. I have a bad feeling that this drug Lipitor contributed to me getting type 2 diabetes. Please help. I have been trying to find help but no one seems to care about the men this drug has affected. At the present time lawyers are only taking women who were affected. Has anything changed. PLEASE HELP!!!!

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I used to take Lipitor, but I can't remember when, and I have type 2 Diabetes. I take over 240 units of insulin daily.

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Was prescribed by doctor because of cholestrol and high blood pressure. Was given a totally false sense of security, because while taking Lipitor, I suffered a massive heart attack. I was lucky to survive (given a 4% chance) and now wish I had died. My life is ruined and I am totally disabled. I cannot do much of anything and I have no idea how my wife puts up with this. I am only 55 and my life is totally ruined, because instead of having my condition properly diagnosed and addressed, we assumed all was well because I was taking Lipitor. Now I am borderline diabetic and my life is worthless.


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