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Twenty Lipitor Lawsuit Claims Dismissed

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Charleston, SCTwenty Lipitor lawsuits involved in Lipitor multidistrict litigation have been dismissed from the court for failure to provide required documentation. The lawsuits alleged that plaintiffs suffered from Lipitor side effects as a result of taking the medication.

According to court documents, Pfizer moved to dismiss the lawsuits because the 20 plaintiffs had not provided required Plaintiff Fact Sheets or had not resolved information issues in those fact sheets. Of those 20 dismissed cases, attorneys had reportedly said they planned to dismiss 13 cases anyhow, but had not filed the paperwork to do so. Judge Richard Gergel noted in the order that Pfizer filed a motion to dismiss on August 12, 2014 and by the deadline of August 29, 2014, none of the plaintiffs had responded to the motion.

The Court had ordered the Plaintiff Fact Sheets for the dismissed lawsuits turned in by June 2, 2014. Despite that order and a “drop-dead date” of June 18, 2014, the deadlines were not met.

“Nearly three months later, these Plaintiffs have either failed to serve a fact sheet at all or have failed to cure material deficiencies of which they have been notified,” the judge wrote.

Despite dismissing the 20 lawsuits, there are still approximately 1,000 lawsuits pending regarding Lipitor side effects. The multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2502) was approved earlier in 2014. At the time it was approved, there were 56 actions. That number grew to approximately 1,000 after the multidistrict litigation was approved, a dramatic jump from the five lawsuits in 2013.

The first Lipitor bellwether trial is scheduled for court in July 2015. Lawsuits filed allege patients who took Lipitor were not adequately warned about an increased risk of developing diabetes while taking the medication.

As of August, Lipitor, a statin used to lower cholesterol levels, has made more than $130 billion since it was approved for use in 1996, according to Reuters (8/8/14). A study published in BMJ (British Medical Journal [5/29/14]) found a “moderately increased risk of new onset diabetes in patients prescribed higher potency statins compared with lower potency statins.”

Statin side effects can be difficult to study because diabetes - the side effect plaintiffs are concerned about - is also linked to factors that caused patients to take Lipitor in the first place, meaning patients who take a statin may already have had an increased risk of diabetes due to lifestyle factors.

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I suffered horrible side effects after taking Atorvastatin for high cholesterol. The side effects nearly crippled me permanently. As my former doctor PCP continued pushing me take the medication my Orthopedic doctor and myself decided to stop the medication because of its effects. No one should have to suffer like I did after taking this drug. March 2016.

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Hello, I have my Mom in the hospital for almost a year, she went in for one thing, went in walking to the hospital. Now she's bedridden and cannot walk because all her muscles ache, she has diabetes, her arms hurt literally everything on her body hurts and mostly muscular. It only dawned on me about a week ago, if this could be the 20mg Lipitor she's taking. Could someone help me PLEASE

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Lipator has cause me to have borderline diabetes and won't bring it down. Don't know if that qualifies please let me know. Have you heard of interstitual lung disease

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