The prescription drug Lipitor® promised patients that it could lower cholesterol rates, promote cardiovascular health, and help prevent the development of serious heart conditions. Tragically, research now shows that Lipitor® can drastically increase a woman’s risk of developing Type II Diabetes.
The facts are that while Lipitor® may help some patients with very specific heart conditions control their cholesterol, it does a great deal more harm than good for a majority of female users. Taking Lipitor® can have life-altering side effects in many women that cause permanent disability and require a lifetime of future care.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and was responsible for a total of 611,105 fatalities in 2013 alone, according to the Center for Disease Control. Because of this, medications promising to help lower or control a patient’s cholesterol levels have become extremely popular in recent years.
Risks Associated with Lipitor®
Lipitor® was first approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in 1996 to help lower cholesterol. When it was approved, the drug’s manufacturer, Pfizer Inc., implemented a marketing and sales strategy that increased the company’s profits exponentially.
Pfizer promised that not only could Lipitor® lower existing cholesterol levels in patients, it could also help prevent cardiovascular disease. This led many patients to believe that even if they did not currently suffer from heart disease, taking Lipitor® would help them avoid complications in the future.
Pfizer marketed the drug Lipitor® to doctors and hospitals across the country, pushing this drug as a safe and effective cholesterol-reducing drug.
However, articles published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that there was no evidence or data to support Pfizer’s claim that otherwise healthy individuals, women in particular, could avoid future cardiovascular disease by taking Lipitor®.
To make matters worse, it was established soon after Lipitor’s® approval by the FDA that the medication can drastically increase a woman’s chance of developing Type II Diabetes. Lipitor® use was found to increase blood sugar levels in otherwise healthy women that took the medication. Some estimates state that a woman’s risk of developing Type II Diabetes after taking Lipitor® is increased by as much as 50%.
Other side-effects that can accompany higher blood sugar levels and Type II Diabetes include:
• Weakness, numbness or nerve damage in the hands or feet, also known as Neuropathy
• Liver damage
Compensation for Victims of Lipitor®
Lipitor is the most commercially successful prescription drug of all time. Since its approval in 1996, Lipitor has generated more than $141 billion in profits. The drug is still on the market today, although a vast majority of customers are now located outside of the U.S.
Between 1996 and 2012, Lipitor did not have any type of warning label that alerted patients about the medication’s dangerous side effects. In 2012, the FDA had Pfizer place a warning label on boxes of Lipitor warning patients about the medication’s increased risk of causing elevated levels of blood sugar. Tragically, by this time thousands of patients had already been affected.
Now, thousands of former patients are coming forward to seek damages against Pfizer due to their failure to properly warn consumers about the risks associated with their medication.
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to provide patients with all the facts about the medications they will be taking. When companies such as Pfizer fail to disclose potential side-effects, they put millions of consumers at risk and must be held liable for their negligent behavior.
Protecting Your Rights as a Victim
If you or a loved one developed Type II Diabetes after taking the cholesterol medication Lipitor®, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Type II Diabetes is a life-altering and potentially fatal disease, and patients that are suffering due to the negligence of a pharmaceutical manufacturer deserve to have their rights as a victim protected.
At Graves McLain, we stand up to large pharmaceutical manufacturers and fight to secure the full and fair compensation our clients deserve.
If you have been harmed by taking Lipitor®, call the experienced Defective Drug lawyers at Graves McLain right away at (800) 390-6600. When you call Graves McLain, you will speak with an experienced, compassionate Defective Drug attorney that will review your case absolutely FREE.
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