There is little doubt as to why the Lipitor MDL is growing so rapidly. Lipitor is the best-selling statin in the bunch and one of the top-selling drugs, overall, in America. Recommended changes to prescribing guidelines will likely see even more growth in the statin sector, given that statins are now recommended as preventative therapy for any American over 50, not just those at risk for heart attack.
And while there are other side effects associated with statins, it is the risk for new-onset Type 2 diabetes that has patients particularly riled, given the adverse health effects diabetes can incur and the required management - including the need for additional medication - that most Americans would rather avoid and have taken great pains to do so. While various factors can heighten the risk for diabetes, including family history and genetic disposition, diet, weight and lack of exercise, many Americans have attempted to stem this risk by watching what they eat, keeping their weight down and staying active.
And yet, allegedly due to Lipitor, they suddenly have atorvastatin Type 2 diabetes?
No wonder Americans are adding to the Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuits MDL in record numbers.
But there are other factors at play that live beyond the realm of Type 2 diabetes.
Cognitive impairment cannot be understated
Memory loss and cognitive problems. It’s possible both with Lipitor (atorvastatin) and other drugs in the statin class. Two-and-one-half years ago, ABC News (2/28/12) was reporting on a recent mandate by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to update labels of all statin drugs for memory loss and confusion, as well as liver damage and the aforementioned Type 2 diabetes.
At around that time, ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer profiled a woman who was suffering from severe confusion and cognitive problems. Her family was seriously concerned until they learned of the suspected side effect of Lipitor, which their mother was taking. When the Lipitor was stopped, the woman’s confusion abated and normal cognitive clarity returned.
The FDA has noted that when Lipitor is stopped, cognitive issues are soon reversed.
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This was the same anecdotal link that led the FDA to mandate a label warning for confusion and reduced cognitive function four years later. The label change was fostered from anecdotal reports over the course of one year.
Of all the Lipitor side effects, it is the angst over atorvastatin Type 2 diabetes that is fueling the growth in the Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuits MDL. Given changes to treatment guidelines that should see a continued spike in statin use, it is safe to assume that lawsuits will increase in kind…