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Lawsuits have been filed against the maker of Lipitor (atorvastatin) alleging patients suffered serious Lipitor side effects. The number of Lipitor lawsuits has reportedly increased since a multidistrict litigation concerning Lipitor was announced. Plaintiffs allege they developed Type 2 diabetes due to the use of the drug. They further allege Pfizer, maker of Lipitor, failed to adequately warn about the risks associated with the medication.

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Lipitor Diabetes

simvastatinamiodaronefdawarningrhabdomyolysis 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' 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.

Meanwhile, a different study, published in BMJ (British Medical Journal (5/29/14) found that patients who were exposed to higher potency statins had a moderately increased risk of new onset diabetes compared with lower potency statins. Researchers noted that the highest risk was found in the first four months of statin use. The study counted atorvastatin (Lipitor) at 20 mg or more as a higher potency statin.

In February 2012, the FDA issued a warning about a possible link between Lipitor and Type 2 diabetes.

Lipitor Lawsuits

Lawsuits have been filed against Pfizer alleging Lipitor is linked to an increased risk of diabetes but that the drug company failed to adequately warn patients about that risk.

According to court records, more than 1,100 lawsuits representing around 4,000 women have been filed against Pfizer Inc, as of August 15, 2014. All federal Lipitor lawsuits have been consolidated into one federal district court in South Carolina.

The first of the Lipitor bellwether trials is scheduled to go to court in July 2015.

The Lipitor MDL is In Re: Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) Marketing, Salespractices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2502.

Lipitor Diabetes Legal Help

If you or a family member have taken Lipitor and have experienced any side effects, please click the link below to submit your complaint.
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LIPITOR LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

Following Suit: Lipitor Lawsuit Updates
Following Suit: Lipitor Lawsuit Updates
September 3, 2014
Philadelphia, PA By August 15, 2014, court records show that 1,162 Lipitor claims have been filed against Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer of the “best-selling prescription drug of all time.” The Lipitor lawsuits filed by plaintiffs who developed Type 2 diabetes allege that Pfizer failed to adequately warn patients and their doctors about the cholesterol medication’s association with diabetes and other risks associated with Lipitor.
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Lipitor Lawsuits Mount
Lipitor Lawsuits Mount
August 30, 2014
Charleston, SCLipitor lawsuits, which allege patients who took the drug suffered serious side effects, are reportedly mounting. Plaintiffs claim Pfizer, maker of Lipitor, knew about the risks of serious side effects but did not offer adequate warnings about the risks, including a reported increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
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Lipitor MDL Growing, and Likely to Continue with New Guidelines
Lipitor MDL Growing, and Likely to Continue with New Guidelines
July 14, 2014
Washington, DC The number of lawsuits alleging atorvastatin type 2 diabetes from Lipitor continues to grow, with filings almost doubling within a month, latest statistics show.
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I started taking lipitor 40Mg, then the doctors put me on 80mg. I was 22 when first started using lipitor. About two years later I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The red flag about this is that for years my doctors thought I was a type 1. Just until about two weeks ago I took a blood test that confirmed I am a type 2 diabetic. For years I have been hearing I am too young to have diabetes. I have always played sports competitively all my life up until I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

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