The success of Lipitor has been unprecedented, with the medication generating over $130 billion in profits between 1996 and 2012. It maintains the status of the best-selling medication in history, but many of the people who have taken the medication over the last 20 years have suffered life altering side effects, including the development of Type II Diabetes. The Chicago Lipitor liability attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are currently accepting cases from clients who believe that their medical complications have been the result of adverse side effects that Pfizer failed to warn patients and doctors about for the last two decades, despite generating massive profits off of other people’s suffering.
The Most Common Uses for Lipitor
High cholesterol has long been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke. Doctors prescribe Lipitor and other statin medications to patients who have difficulty reducing their cholesterol levels through diet and exercise alone, or who suffer from other complications that make it more difficult to keep their cholesterol levels in check. Some patients were also prescribed the medication as a preventative measure while healthy in order to reduce their risk of elevated cholesterol levels and heart disease.
Unfortunately for many, the very conditions that the medication claims to treat or prevent may be caused by long term use. Many patients found that they developed diabetes after taking the medication, despite leading healthy and active lifestyles that included responsible diets and plenty of exercise. Diabetes carries with it an elevated risk of kidney disease, peripheral neuropathy, blindness and the cardiovascular disease that Lipitor is touted to prevent.
Diabetes Requires Ongoing Medical Monitoring and Treatment
Patients suffering from diabetes must monitor their blood glucose levels on a regular basis to ensure their levels are not too high or low. Medications that are used to lower blood sugar levels can work too efficiently at times and cause low blood sugar, which is why Type II diabetics need to continue to monitor their blood glucose levels and make adjustments accordingly. Many diabetics are also required to make drastic changes to their diets in order to avoid spikes and drops to their glucose levels and the medications they are prescribed may be required for the rest of their lives.
In addition to the complications that can arise from high or low blood sugar levels, diabetics are at risk for losing their sight, suffering from nerve damage, experiencing kidney failure or developing cardiovascular disease. As a result, numerous lawsuits have been filed with the allegations that Pfizer used deceptive and misleading marketing practices to market its product, failed to warn or disclose the risks associated with the medication, ignored the risks entirely and failed to monitor clinical data that established the risk of complications.
The Status of Lipitor Lawsuits
Numerous plaintiffs brought lawsuits against Pfizer following the discovery of the link between its use and the development of Type II Diabetes. A request was made in April of 2013 to consolidate the first cases into a multi-district litigation to be heard in South Carolina. Pfizer immediately opposed, concerned that the MDL would inspire more lawsuits— and was right when the panel established an MDL in 2014 that included nearly 300 cases.
The primary reasons for filing Lipitor lawsuits currently are that Pfizer failed to provide warnings to doctors and patients alike about the risk of developing diabetes despite knowing about the link and the reduced quality of living victims must endure. Many of these victims must spend more money on supplies and medications and make drastic changes to their lifestyles that limit their ability to enjoy the quality of living they once knew.
The first round of lawsuits is estimated to be the mere tip of the iceberg as thousands of Lipitor uses continue to come forward. Litigators believe that the cases will grow into one of the largest mass-torts in recent history as plaintiffs continue to bring their cases before state and federal courts. The fact that Pfizer is concerned about the growing number of lawsuits may be an indication that the company feels doubtful about its chances of earning favorable judgements.
Now is the best time to come forward with your claim, so if you or a loved one have developed diabetes while using Lipitor, contact one of our Chicago drug injury lawyers to learn more about the legal options you have available to collect the compensation you deserve. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is a leading personal injury law firm in Chicago and has helped countless clients recover the damages they required when pharmaceutical companies peddled products that caused their customers harm.
Contact us today to arrange your risk free and confidential consultation with one of our award winning Chicago Lipitor attorneys so that we can collect the information we need to investigate your claim and let you know how best to proceed. Our lawyers work on a contingency basis so that everyone has an equal opportunity to retain high quality legal services with no risk whatsoever. We will only accept payment for our services once we have secured compensation on your behalf, and if we are unable to do so, our services will not cost you a thing at all.